Nurse-Managed Clinic Opens in Orange County

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Nurse-Managed Clinic Opens in Orange County

Faculty from the nursing school at UCI provide staffing

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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Using a five-year $1.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the UC Irvine Program in Nursing Science has partnered with community organizations to provide healthcare to an underserved area of downtown Santa Ana, along with new educational opportunities for nurses.

Community Outreach

The clinic, which is located within the SOS-El Sol Wellness Center, focuses on improving access to primary care, eliminating health disparities, and reducing the number of emergency department visits for primary care needs. Care is free and includes health screenings for uninsured students and their families at the charter school El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana.

A Role for Student Nurses

The clinic, which is the first nurse-managed in Orange County, opened in January under the leadership of Susanne Phillips, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, an associate clinical professor at UCI. Both undergraduate nursing students and registered nurses pursuing advanced practice degrees have the  opportunity to deliver hands-on, community-based healthcare at the clinic.

Nurse practitioner faculty from the university are staffing the effort. Founders also hope the partnership will provide opportunities for innovative nursing research. Share Our Selves, a nonprofit organization serving the poor, also participates in clinic care by offering medical, dental and behavioral services.

Photo (bottom): Susanne Phillips, associate clinical professor of nursing science at UCI and nurse-practitioner clinic director, discusses a chart of a patient’s heart activity with Alex Vasquez, a graduate nursing student;  (top): Camille Fitzpatrick, clinical professor of nursing science (left) consults with Alex Vasquez, a graduate nursing student, as they tend to patient Salomon Duran. Photo credit: Daniel A. Anderson / UC Irvine.


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