Integrating Population Health Content into FNP Program Curriculum
In the current healthcare environment, the healthcare industry has become increasingly focused on population health concerns. While advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are well prepared to contribute to population health by delivering holistic healthcare to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations, they are not engaged in initiatives to improve population health commensurate with their numbers, education, training, experience, and role as primary care providers and essential healthcare team leaders and members. This article discusses the rationale for integrating population health into APRN curricula, one program’s approach to doing so, and preliminary lessons learned from this effort. The three main lessons learned include population health content should be integrated across the curriculum for all APRN cohorts, supplementary population health content should be considered, and opportunities for integrating didactic population health content should be included across the FNP curriculum.