Supporting the community along with the education and expanding role of nurse practitioners is at the heart of a new collaboration between Humana Inc. 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.”
Along with providing clinical experiences, the collaboration will also promote the NP’s role in meeting the health care needs of the community.