Meet the 2020-21 Fellows

Cheryl Hutchinson, MS, APRN, FNP-BC

Ms. Hutchinson will join Lamprey Health Care in September 2020 as part of our Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program. She graduated from Simmons University in Boston with a M.S. in Nursing and completed her undergraduate degree at Excelsior College in Albany, NY. “I appreciate being a part of the families in my community and helping them make healthy decisions to live life to the fullest.” Ms. Hutchinson’s areas of focus are preventative health, managing chronic disease, and wound care.

IN MY FREE TIME: “I love camping, hiking, and gardening. I also enjoy spending time with my 100 lb lovable pitbull and 2 rabbits.”

 

Isabel Watts, MS, APRN, FNP-BC

Ms. Watts will join Lamprey Health Care in September 2020 as part of our Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program. She graduated from MGH Institute of Health Professions with a BSN and MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner studies. “I love nursing because it combines compassionate care with scientific thinking and problem-solving. I enjoy building collaborative relationships with patients and making them feel heard, believed, and supported.” Ms. Watts’ areas of clinical interest include preventative medicine, patient education, pediatrics, and integrated behavioral health care. She is also training in mindfulness techniques for stress reduction and is proficient in Spanish, working towards fluency.

IN MY FREE TIME: “I love to cook, garden and hike and love to spend as much time as possible with animals.”

Program Goals

As a Community Health Center, we have long valued the critical role Family Nurse Practitioners play in the primary care team. The focus of our program is to build confident, competent family nurse practitioners who will contribute to workforce needs in an integrated team-based primary care setting. Program curriculum aligns with our mission to provide high-quality primary care to all individuals regardless of ability to pay.

Our comprehensive Fellowship Program has been developed to meet a variety of goals vital to the delivery of healthcare.

 

Increasing access for the medically under-served 

Increase access to primary care for the medically underserved population by increasing the number of primary care providers in the community healthcare setting of a Federally Qualified Health Center.

 

 

 

Offering a depth, breadth, volume, and intensity of clinical experiences

Provide new nurse practitioners with a depth, breadth, volume, and intensity of clinical experiences necessary to serve as autonomous primary care providers in the complex setting of a Federally Qualified Health Center.

 

 

 

Increasing workforce recruitment and retention 

Increase workforce recruitment and retention rates in NH of nurse practitioners working in primary care, community health, and medically underserved areas.

 

 

 

 

Increasing providers in community healthcare

Improve the clinical skills confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new nurse practitioners who choose to work in underserved community settings, as well as contribute to overall workforce retention.

Why choose Lamprey Health Care?

Nurse Practitioner Fellowship, at orthopedics rotation 

Why choose Lamprey Health Care?

Diversity

Fellows will provide care in both rural and urban settings to an under-served population using the Patient-Centered Medical Home model. With centers in Newmarket, Raymond, and Nashua, fellows will have an opportunity to care for a variety of patient populations. Special populations we serve include refugees, homeless individuals, nursing home patients, and non-English speaking patients.

Focus on Learning 

As the oldest non-profit Community Health Center in New Hampshire, we offer experience in a well-established practice. For over 25 years we have been precepting students from a variety of health professions. This includes Medical Residents, OB/GYN Residents, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nursing, and Medical Assistants. Many of our providers have been with us for over 15 years, and are dedicated to our commitment to continuing education.

Integrated Programs

Our practice is committed to an integrated model with an emphasis on care coordination. Programs integrated into our primary care setting include:

  • Behavioral health care
  • Medication assisted treatment (MAT) services
  • Chronic disease care

We offer a valuable learning experience in an NCQA recognized Patient Centered Medical Home. The fellowship is a great opportunity to enhance clinical skills and meet the challenges of a primary care environment.

Regional Partnerships

We work closely with our academic partner, the University of New Hampshire (UNH). As recipients of a competitive $3M grant from the Dept. of Health and Human Services, we’re expanding our regional partnerships. New partners include Project ECHO in the UNH PACT program, local community mental health agencies, and nurse practitioner practices.

Program Structure

Nurse Practitioner Fellowship, weekly didactic session

Selected fellows will be full-time employees with benefits at Lamprey Health Care. Fellows will be certified and credentialed members of the clinical team.

The Family Nurse Practitioner Fellowship includes:

  • Precepted continuity clinics held at our Newmarket Center (5-7 sessions/week)
  • Mentored clinics at our locations in Newmarket, Raymond, and Nashua, as well as various specialty practices (2-4 sessions/week)
  • Weekly education sessions (1 session/week)
  • Specialty rotations (2 sessions/week)
  • Participation in quality improvement projects
  • Participation in ECHO
  • A comprehensive evaluation process

Specialty rotations may include:

  • Adult Behavioral Health
  • Cardiology
  • Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
  • Dermatology
  • Geriatrics
  • Homelessness / Vulnerable Populations
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Pediatrics
  • Podiatry
  • Orthopedics
  • Women’s Health

Rotations are subject to change.

Qualifications

Nurse Practitioner Fellowship, end of year recognition ceremony

Successful candidates to the Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program will:

  • Be a recent graduate from Masters’s or DNP program.
  • Be licensed, or eligible to be licensed, in NH.
  • Have ANCC or AANP certification as FNP.
  • Be committed to primary care practice in a community health setting.

If you are unsure if you qualify contact our Program Coordinator at (603) 244-7332 or FellowshipInfo@lampreyhealth.org.

The NH Nurse Practitioner Association is a great source of information on Nurse Practitioner careers in New Hampshire.

How to Apply

Nurse Practitioner Fellowship, examine a patient 

Completed applications include the following:

  • Completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Application form, including Personal Statement Essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which discusses capabilities/interest to this Fellowship Program.
  • Official Transcripts
  • CV/Resume

The application period for the 2021-22 year is now closed.

 

Submit applications via email. Official transcripts and letters of recommendation should be mailed to:

Lamprey Health Care, Family NP Fellowship Program
128 Route 27
Attn: Julia Meuse
Raymond, NH 03077

For more information contact us at (603) 244-7332 or via email at FellowshipInfo@lampreyhealth.org.