Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Riggs Community Health Center Launches Postgraduate Residency Training Program for Family Nurse Practitioners
September 25, 2019

Indiana’s First Rural Health Focused Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

“Preparing the future. Fulfilling the need.”

Why the rural health focus for Riggs’ NP Residency Program?

More than 46 million Americans or 15% of the U.S. population live in rural areas. Numerous studies have shown a significant gap in health between rural and urban Americans. Rural residents tend to be older and sicker than their urban counterparts.

Indiana is a heavily rural state with increased poverty. Indiana is also ranked 42nd of 50 states in access to mental healthcare. The problems are going to become more severe due to those leaving rural communities headed for places with better jobs and more resources- this includes healthcare providers. In recent years, rural Indiana has also seen an influx of migrant Latinos. All of these factors combined clearly shows the need for increased access to healthcare in the rural setting and those trained to provide care for rural and underserved populations.

Our residency program will be monumental for Riggs CHC and the state of Indiana!

Riggs CHC will be the first in the state of Indiana to develop a rural health -focused nurse practitioner residency program. Riggs CHC will be the second federally qualified health center (FQHC) in the state of Indiana to develop a NP residency program-. The first was started in 2016 at HealthLinc in Valparaiso, IN. Riggs CHC’s NP residency program will be one of only three in the entire state. The third will be implemented at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN.

Our Community Partners

“We are very excited to partner with Riggs Community Health Center’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. With four rural health clinics, we strongly believe that we can provide a unique and challenging clinical experience for the residents, with the hope that we can ultimately welcome some of the residents upon completion of the program. Many thanks to the Riggs Team for planning and launching this valuable training to help meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

“Valley Oaks Health is pleased to be a partner in this residency program. We are
a community mental health center and are continually looking at ways to participate in extended and ongoing training for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. We have been an active preceptor site for students in three different psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner programs and look forward to working with the residents.”

“Purdue University School of Nursing is proud and excited to collaborate with our partners in furthering the education of quality competent Nurse Practitioners and to promote the role of NPs in the healthcare system. The residency program will enhance and refine the skills of beginning Nurse Practitioners in providing comprehensive, holistic care to the rural and underserved residents in Indiana.”

Meet the Inaugural Residency Class

Jennifer Bradley, FNP-C
Indianapolis, IN
Education: Master’s Degree, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN
Post-Master’s FNP Certificate, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
Board Certifications
American Association of Nurse Practitioners-Family Nurse Practitioner
“My passion has always been to work for the underserved, impoverished, and disenfranchised individuals and families that truly need care. This journey will help me continue to grow my knowledge in nursing and provide me with the necessary skills needed to provide patient care in disadvantaged communities similar to those in my childhood.”

Kristen Gaumer, CPNP-PC
Monticello, IN
Education: Master’s Degree, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Board Certifications
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board–Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
“The personal and professional experiences that I will encounter in this residency will provide even more value in addition to a master’s degree. I will use these experiences in my future provider role. I think that enhancing my skillsets in an educational program will be more beneficial to me than learning as I go independently without this hands-on residency program. I can learn more in a shorter amount of time from this program and feel even more prepared to provide care to the vulnerable pediatric population.”

Megan McClamroch, FNP-BC
Crawfordsville, IN
Education: Master’s Degree, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Board Certifications
American Nurses Credentialing Center-Family Nurse Practitioner
“My patients are my priority and I want to do everything in my power to ensure I am taking the necessary steps to provide that high-quality healthcare that everyone deserves and needs. I believe this residency program will make me a well-rounded provider that is knowledgeable in providing patients with primary care services.”

Jennifer Schabel, AGPCNP-BC
Zionsville, IN
Education: Master’s Degree, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Board Certifications
American Nurses Credentialing Center-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
“I have a strong desire to train and work in a community health center in order to increase my confidence and competence as a nurse practitioner. During my time as a registered nurse in an urban hospital setting, I was privileged to have seemingly unlimited resources at my fingertips. While this experience was valuable, it is imperative to learn how to optimize health in a setting where resources may be less abundant. I strongly feel that community health providers possess the unique ability to rely on their clinical expertise and judgement rather than to defer to excessive and costly testing.”

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