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Improving Clinical Education (ICE)

Improving Clinical Education for Advanced Practice Learning through Academic-Practice Partnerships, or ICE, is a federally funded HRSA Advanced Education Program grant that allows the College of Nursing to develop innovative academic clinical partnerships with two community clinical partners, Chota Community Health Services and Community Health of East Tennessee. These partnerships will advance the clinical education of family nurse practitioner students by strengthening and expanding clinical preceptor skills to mentor students. The program also establishes sustainable long-term academic clinical partnerships with the college’s rural and underserved clinical practice partners.


Academic Partnerships

Chota Community Health Services (CCHS) is a federally qualified health center located in Madisonville, Tennessee. CCHS is focused on delivering holistic health care under the medical home model to the residents of Monroe County. The medical home model involves patient-centered, team-oriented accessible and comprehensive primary care.

Community Health of East Tennessee (CHETN) is a federally qualified health center providing health, education, social, and community services for Campbell County, Tennessee, and surrounding counties. For many people, CHETN’s services provide hope for getting help where there has been despair. CHETN began as a black lung clinic in 1980 and has grown to become a multiservice agency.

Goals of the Grant

  1. Provide advanced leadership and mentoring training to academic preceptor partners in rural and underserved clinical training sites at CCHS and CHETN to develop excellence in teaching FNP students. The first year of this leadership program, Advanced Preceptor Partners Leadership (APP-L), concluded in May 2015.
  2. Implement new models of care delivery that focus on health care analytics, population health, and improved support services for preceptors in rural and underserved practice sites.
  3. Reach more patients via telehealth. The grant has provided stethoscopes to augment telehealth stations in Monroe County schools.
  4. Design and implement new interprofessional models of education at the clinical sites.
  5. Embed two faculty liaison positions in the clinics to establish a relationship between the college and the community partners.


The faculty and staff involved are:

  • April Bryant RN, MSN
  • Susan Fancher BSN, RN
  • Stephanie Hopper RN
  • Libby King MSN, RN, FNP-BC
  • Karen Lasater DNP, RN, APN
  • Katie Morgan MS, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN
  • Carole Myers PhD, RN
  • Victoria Niederhauser DrPH, RN
  • Meredith York MS