Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Fellowship

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Welcome to the APRN Fellowship Program at Cook County Health!

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Overall Aims

Cook County Health has partnered with Loyola University Chicago to create a program that focuses on reducing Cook County’s de cuidado médico primario provider shortage and creating a pipeline of NPs for Cook County Health’s de cuidado médico primario clinics and other underserved settings.

Learn from the Best!

  • Cook County Health (CCH) has served the people of Cook County for over 180 years. Today it is the home to top health care practitioners, leading the field in caring for vulnerable populations. 
  • CCH holds ambulatory care and de cuidado médico primario medical home certification through The Joint Commission.
  • CCH is the safety-net health care provider for the 5.2 million residents of Chicago and suburban Cook County. 
  • Fellows will be selected from a competitive pool to serve patients across Cook County in an interprofessional model and practice-based learning environment. 

Program Goals & Objectives

  • Support new graduate APRNs during the critical first year of their transition into APRN practice, address concerns, remove barriers and create a supportive learning environment. 
  • Provide an immersive practice-based learning environment focused on organizational enculturation and professional development.
  • Provide training in an interdisciplinary and interprofessional care team model committed to delivering high quality patient care to the underserved. 
  • Support the development of APRN de cuidado médico primario provider competencies and expertise in critical thinking, patient assessment, patient care and wellness maintenance through patient assessment, care planning, diagnostic testing, and implementation of care planning and care evaluation. 
  • Provide specialty-specific offerings that the APRN may have not received in their academic program before becoming licensed as an APRN.
  • The program concludes with a “graduation” which includes the presentation of an evidence-based practice poster presentation which the APRN complete in collaboration with their preceptors, mentors and program faculty.

Requerimientos del programa

  • Graduate from an accredited NP program
  • Board certified family nurse practitioner (or eligible)
  • Active Registered Professional Nurse in the State of IL
  • Registered Illinois Advanced Practice Nurse License or ability to obtain in prior to starting employment
  • Valid Based Life Support (BLS) certification
  • ACLS or PALS certification as an additional if available
  • Must be able to obtain DEA license within 6 months of hire
  • Must be able to obtain an IL Controlled Substance License within 6 months of hire

Salario y Beneficios

Full-time, benefit eligible appointment for 12 months.
Full-time, benefit eligible appointment for 12 months.

First APRN Fellowship Graduates

Date of Graduation: February 16, 2022 

Emma Oanes, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Maureen McLachlan, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Marian Turner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Jacek Wesolowski, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Diana Sandoval, MSN. APRN, FNP-BC


What have they learned?

“This program exposed me to patients who have a broad variety of conditions. I had preceptors who had a lot of experience and were eager to support me as a new provider. I feel more prepared to provide patient care than I did a year ago and I have a better understanding of how to get answers to questions I am unsure about through appropriate resources.”


For more information and application, please contact:

Susan Buechele, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, IBCLC,, Loyola University Chicago

Jocelyn Sales, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC,

Margaret Carroll, MBA, DNP, RN,

Funding for this fellowship program was provided by a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Contacto del programa

Department of Nursing Professional Development