Emergency NP subspecialty now enrolling

Students who complete required courses eligible to sit for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) certification exam
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is actively recruiting students for its  Emergency Nurse Practitioner Subspecialty for graduate or post-graduate nurse practitioners. Those who complete the subspecialty series of courses are eligible to sit for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

The Emergency Nurse Practitioner Subspecialty has been in the making for two years, with its first cohort beginning coursework in Fall 2017.

Eligible students must have at least one year of emergency services work experience and either be enrolled in the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner dual-option specialty or be a post-graduate certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Nurse practitioners who complete the subspecialty courses and pass the Emergency Nurse Practitioner certification exam will be prepared to work as nurse practitioners in emergency departments, urgent care facilities, fast-track clinics, emergency transport and in certain states, alongside fire departments.

Melanie Gibbons Hallman, DNP, CRNP, CEN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, TCRN, FAEN, and David House, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, CNS, are partnering to coordinate the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Subspecialty.

Hallman, a three-time graduate of the UAB School of Nursing, brings 38 years of blended prehospital and emergency department services experience to the Emergency Nurse Practitioner subspecialty. She is certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, adding knowledge and skills that address patient transition beyond the emergency department. Hallman has actively worked as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner provider for the past 22 years and is a national leader in emergency and advanced practice nursing.

House, who joined the School’s faculty in August 2017, most recently served as Director for Advanced Practice Providers for an emergency group in the Houston, Texas, area where his duties involved overseeing approximately 100 nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, as well as training Emergency Nurse Practitioners and precepting nurse practitioner students. He is certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, House worked for nearly a decade as a travel nurse in many of the top pediatric emergency departments in the country.

“The UAB Emergency Nurse Practitioner Subspecialty track provides specialized academic education to prepare nurse practitioners who have the desire to provide health care to patients presenting to urgent and emergency care settings with acute, life-threatening health care needs,” said House.

“In addition to the expertise UAB School of Nursing faculty provide, the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Subspecialty courses also provide interdisciplinary instruction from emergency medicine physicians and faculty so that students can be familiar with each discipline’s scope of practice to better ensure continuity of care and optimize patient outcomes,” said Hallman.

“Additionally, the subspecialty provides flexible, distance accessible interactive education and cutting-edge, evidence-based and emergency-specific topics.”

For more information, interested students may contact Hallman at melanieghallman@uab.edu or House at dthouse@uab.edu.
Last modified on March 22, 2019

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