MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Supporting the community along with the education and expanding role of nurse practitioners is at the heart of a new collaboration between Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and the Florida International University (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The nurse practitioner (NP) clinical partnership with FIU Nursing is Humana’s first with a Florida university. The agreement to place some of FIU’s 160 master’s nursing students at select Humana-owned clinics from Miami to Orlando began this spring semester.
Under the arrangement, FIU graduate nursing students can obtain the required clinical hours and rotations for graduation under the guidance of nurse practitioner or physician preceptors at Humana medical home clinics. Currently, students have been placed in clinics in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
“The CAC staff fosters a learning environment that bolsters my confidence as a clinician and provides me the opportunity to assess, diagnose and create treatment plans for a variety of geriatric patients,” said FIU graduate nursing student Noel Hernandez, who is completing his clinical hours at the CAC Florida Medical Center in Little Havana. “I’m also gaining a deeper understanding of Cuban culture and management of care within this population.”
“Humana and FIU Nursing share a vision for community-centric preventive care predicated on expanding nurse practitioner scope of practice to support an overtaxed health care system,” said Ora L. Strickland, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean of the college. “Together, we are strengthening the NP’s function as a primary care provider to treat and help patients manage chronic conditions to promote better health and lower repeat visits to urgent and acute care settings.”
Along with providing clinical experiences, the collaboration will also promote the NP’s role in meeting the health care needs of the community.
“We’re pleased to support FIU and the increasing and essential role that nurse practitioners play in primary care,” said Fernando Valverde, M.D., Regional Market President for Humana’s South and North Florida Medicare markets. “The hands-on experience the students receive in our full-service clinics will be an invaluable part of their training, and we hope many will stay in Florida upon their graduation.”
“Humana is providing more opportunities for our students to continue their education and forge their skills to be on the front lines of patient care in a variety of systems,” remarked Dr. Vanessa Gordon, clinical coordinator FIU Graduate Nursing programs. “The patient-centered medical home venue is gaining popularity across the country. Placing students in this unique environment allows them to practice and define their positions in the team-based health care delivery model that drives these facilities.”
FIU nurse practitioner students have been serving at the following Humana clinics:
- CAC Florida Medical Center Little Havana (Miami-Dade)
- Continucare MDHC Hialeah Pediatrics (Miami-Dade)
- Continucare MDHC Flagler Pediatrics (Miami-Dade)
- Metcare of Plantation (Broward)
- Metcare of Everglades (Palm Beach)
Humana is Florida’s largest Medicare health benefits company with nearly 900,000 Medicare members statewide, and one of Florida’s largest health care employers with more than 11,000 associates across the state.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The company’s strategy integrates care delivery, the member experience, and clinical and consumer insights to encourage engagement, behavior change, proactive clinical outreach and wellness for the millions of people we serve across the country.
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About the FIU Nicole Wertheim College Nursing and Health Sciences
Established in 1982, the School of Nursing at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida was elevated to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences when it joined with the School of Health Sciences in October 2006. It was renamed as the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences in September 2013. The College offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and baccalaureate completion nursing degrees, along with specialty nursing programs, such as: the nation’s first, and award-winning, Foreign-Educated Physician to BSN/MSN program, and the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP), Veterans to BSN (VBSN Medic-to-Nurse), and Veterans Accelerated BS-to-BSN programs. The College also offers a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration, entry-level master’s degrees in Athletic Training, Speech-Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy.