RWJUH’s Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Program achieves reaccreditation

Gets distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick recently announced that its Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Program has achieved reaccreditation with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs.

Accreditation with Distinction is the highest recognition awarded by the ANCC’s Accreditation Program. RWJUH was the first program in the state to achieve accreditation, and is now also the first to achieve reaccreditation with distinction.

RWJUH’s APP Fellowship Program provides APPs with the necessary foundation and tools to meet the needs of complex, critically ill patients. Upon successful completion of the program, APPs have the opportunity to transition into highly competitive specialty areas in RWJBarnabas Health system.

“On behalf of the nearly 2,000 members of the RWJUH medical staff, I congratulate the members of the APP Fellowship Program on their achievement of the program’s reaccreditation with distinction,” Dr. Andy Anderson, interim chief medical and quality officer at RWJBarnabas Health, said. “Together, we celebrate the time-honored tradition in academic medicine where learners become teachers who pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation of learners. Our program not only turns out the next generation of the most highly qualified and skilled practitioners, but also future leaders who help guide the complex clinical service lines that are only found in academic medicine.”

APP refers to skilled health care providers such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and midwives. APPs are licensed, independent health care providers who can evaluate patients and prescribe medication. RWJBH has recognized the APP Fellowship program as the platform for APP collaboration, education and research.

At RWJUH, there are more than 450 APPs who provide care for patients across a broad range of hospital specialty services. APP Fellows rotate through various clinical areas in the hospital, such as intensive care units, neurology, neurosurgery, infectious disease, renal, endocrine, trauma and ICU sister sites within the RWJBH system.

“This program was developed because there are many advanced specialty programs at RWJUH that can benefit from the skill and expertise of APPs,” Olivia Nicastro, director of the Advanced Practice Provider Critical Care Fellowship at RWJUH, said. “The program creates a collaborative, interdisciplinary culture that allows APPs to practice at the highest level of their licensure and experience career-long learning.”