Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) is pleased to host nurse practitioner student Melanie Miller. Jill Christie, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC), is mentoring Miller while she completes her preceptorship at JMHS.
A preceptorship provides a mentoring experience in which a practicing provider volunteers to give personal instruction, training, and supervision to a student. Individuals in an FNP program must complete up to 700 clinical hours in conjunction with courses covering key topics such as primary care for adolescents and adults, pediatric primary care, and advanced physiology.
JMHS is an ideal environment for Miller because she hopes to work in a rural clinic setting. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Family Nurse Practitioner at SDSU and will graduate in 2017. Miller was excited to receive a preceptorship at JMHS. She said “Working with Jill has been great. She demonstrates professionalism and clinical expertise and is also willing to share her knowledge.”
Christie values her role as a mentor. She said “The clinical experience is an essential component of their education. The on the job training introduces them to the realities of the job and the important role FNPs play in healthcare.”
Christie has had many students in clinical rotations at JMHS. She is well known in her field for being a great mentor/teacher as well as an extremely knowledgeable nurse practitioner.
Miller is originally from Madison, MN and is the daughter of Deb Hoffmann and Rick Gail. She and her husband Patrick live in Madison with their two dogs Bella and Merle.
For more information on preceptorships please contact Cori Bothun, Clinic Manager at 320-769-4393.