Pharmacy Faculty Joins Nurse Practitioner Clinic

New interprofessional partnership aims to improve medical access for growing, diverse downtown community
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL
Dec. 16, 2015

This summer, Assistant Professor Kylee Funk began practicing at the University of Minnesota Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic in downtown Minneapolis, just steps from the entrance to the new Vikings Stadium. One of the only nurse practitioner-led clinics in the region, this new clinic aims to improve people’s access to qualified care providers in a diverse and growing community.

Funk provides comprehensive medication management services at the clinic three days a week. She meets with patients to review and optimize their medications, and works to make sure their medications are appropriate, working well, safe and convenient.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time pharmacists have partnered with nurse practitioners to provide primary care in a nurse-managed clinic,” said Funk.

Starting next summer, pharmacy students will be able to complete their clinical rotations at the clinic, which will allow them to work in a unique interprofessional setting and learn about and from nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students.

“We are looking forward to fostering a climate that promotes a collaborative approach to care, and we hope to demonstrate the positive impacts that a nurse practitioner and clinical pharmacist provide for patients,” said Funk. “We are confident that demonstration of this team-based care model will inspire our learners to offer similar services as they transition into provider roles.”

Offering primary care to adults, children and families, the clinic opened April 6 after recent legislation passed that allows highly educated clinical nurses to practice independently from physicians. The clinic is operated by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

For more information, visit www.umnhealth.org/np

Contact: 

The College of Pharmacy, pharm@umn.edu

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, the only school of pharmacy in Minnesota, offers its program on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Founded in 1892, the College of Pharmacy educates pharmacists and scientists and engages in research and practice to improve the health of the people of Minnesota and society. The college is part of the Academic Health Center, which is home to the University of Minnesota’s six health professional schools and colleges as well as several health-related centers and institutes.