Nurse Practitioner Fellowship: Program Planning and Curriculum Development

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Nurse Practitioner Fellowship: Program Planning and Curriculum Development

Nurse Practitioner Fellowship: Program Planning and Curriculum Development discusses the rapidly emerging trend to develop nurse practitioner (NP) fellowship programs that facilitate post-graduate transition into practice. The book offers information and tools for developing NP fellowship program infrastructure, faculty development, program content, and evaluation methods.

This resource can be used as a step-by-step guide for those interested in developing, implementing, evaluating and improving upon current NP fellowship programs. Each chapter also contains useful activities and answers to frequently asked questions when starting an NP fellowship program.

Readers will be able to utilize the book’s learning activities to develop an NP fellowship program based on their organization and specialty needs.

This book will also help:

  • Provide a roadmap for the NP fellowship planning team throughout the program planning and development process.
  • Determine a budget and get approval within your organization for NP fellowship program goals and objectives    
  • Prepare staff and faculty for the challenges and opportunities that NP fellowship programs face
  • Customize or update your current program based on your organization or specialty needs

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Published: March 2020

Page count: 252
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 perfect bound
ISBN: 978-1-68308-946-9

About the Authors

Marci Farquhar-Snow, MN, RN, APRN, CCRN, CMC, ACNP-BC, AACC, is an assistant professor at the Mayo College of Medicine, where she has practiced as a cardiology nurse practitioner since 2001. She has worked for 35 years in multiple aspects of inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular care as a staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse practitioner in several areas, including critical care, emergency, education, and program development and research.

Farquhar-Snow completed her undergraduate studies to earn a Bachelor of Science of Zoology at University of California, Davis, and Bachelor of Nursing at California State University, Bakersfield. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she obtained her Master of Nursing as a clinical nurse specialist with cardiopulmonary focus and her Post-Master of Nursing as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP). She is board certified as an acute care nurse practitioner and a clinical nurse specialist. She is also certified in critical care nursing and cardiac medicine.

Farquhar-Snow developed the first nurse practitioner fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and was the program director of the Cardiology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship (established in 2009) until 2018, once having laid a pathway for fellows she trained to continue the program with the curriculum and tools she designed. It is the first nationally-accredited program of its specialty. She is active in developing national standards and establishing guidelines for nurse practitioner fellowships and has networked formally and informally with numerous organizations to construct their own programs. She is a Practice Transition Accreditation Program team leader appraiser contracting with American Nurses Credentialing Center and has served as a founding member of the Association of the Post Graduate APRN Programs. 

Over her career, Farquhar-Snow has presented at local, national, and international conferences on nurse practitioner fellowships and a variety of cardiovascular topics. She has developed numerous orientation and education programs for critical care and cardiovascular settings. She was awarded the Mayo Clinic Arizona Fellows Association Allied Health Educator of the Year in 2003, the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Distinguished Allied Health Educator of the Year in 2010, and received a Mayo Clinic Blended Learning Project grant in 2016 to develop a comprehensive Focused Cardiac Ultrasound course. She has been a principal investigator for Mayo Clinic studies regarding hospital readmissions in cardiovascular services, novel anticoagulants, and the focused cardiac ultrasound training of advanced practice providers.

Farquhar-Snow is active member in many professional organizations. She achieved an Associate of the American College of Cardiology designation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and is serving as the national chair of the Cardiovascular Team State Liaisons Committee. She actively serves on multiple communities and workgroups, including the Board of Governor Wellness and Cardiovascular Team Taskforces, the Accreditation Compliance Work Group, Education and Standards, and participated in the Emerging Faculty program. She was a peer reviewer for the 2016 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of Syncope and 2020 ACC/AHA/HRS Guideline for Transcatheter Valve Repair and Replacement: Operator and Institutional Requirement and the Writing Committee for the 2020 ACC Clinical Competencies for Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. She is also a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Farquhar-Snow has been active with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses as a  member of multiple committees and workgroups over the past 25 years, including the Beacon Award program, Continuing Education Articles Review, Critical Care Registered Nurse, Cardiac Medicine Certification, Acute Care Nurse Practice Certification Exam Development, Practice Analysis and Review panels. She has served as a senior Beacon Award reviewer. She was a member of the ACNP Scope and Standards 2017 Task Force. 

Farquhar-Snow has kept abreast of issues related to the advanced practice nursing professions. She served two terms on the Arizona State Board of Nursing to Advanced Practice Subcommittee, and was a member of the Adding Skills to Nursing Scope of Practice task force. In addition, she has lobbied on Capitol Hill for full scope of practice issues related to cardiovascular patient care.

Farquhar-Snow is an avid seamstress and enjoys many crafts, including shoemaking. In her spare time, she can be found sewing, hiking, or traveling.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Professional Foundations

Chapter 2: Program Planning and Development

Chapter 3: Mentor and Faculty Development

Chapter 4: Competency Development

Chapter 5: Developing Curriculum

Chapter 6: Evaluation of Outcomes

Chapter 7: Future Directions in Nurse Practitioner Fellowships