Last week saw the opening of the first UNC School of Nursing-managed faculty practice in the state. The Carolina Community Clinic opened its doors on Tuesday, November 7 in Hillsborough, N.C., and is the result of a collaboration between UNC Family Medicine, the UNC School of Nursing, and Hillsborough Pharmacy and Nutrition.
The Carolina Community Clinic serves as a pilot for embedding School of Nursing faculty nurse practitioners in practices established within independent pharmacies across the state. The aim is to improve access to care, assist with transitions in care, and better fulfill the University’s mission to serve the needs of the people of the state.
Similar in scope to nurse practitioner-staffed clinics in large chain pharmacies, the model for care in the Carolina Community Clinic is to provide convenient, low-cost treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, health screenings, and diagnostic services in a facility fully integrated with UNC Health Care and their network of clinics. SON faculty direct the clinic’s operations and provide care without an appointment at convenient hours, including evening and weekends.
Through the end of 2017, the clinic will open each weekday but Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and be directed and staffed by Assistant Professor Eugene Farrug, DNP, FNP-BC. Beginning in 2018, it will expand its hours and Associate Professor Jean Davison, DNP, RN, FNP-C and Assistant Professor Irene Beale, DNP, FNP-BC, will join Professor Farrug on staff. All three will maintain teaching responsibilities at the School.
“The collaboration with the School of Medicine and NC’s independent pharmacies is both natural and highly beneficial. For the School of Nursing’s part, it affords an excellent opportunity to promote faculty practice while supporting our missions of education and clinical scholarship” ” said Tom Bush, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP the School’s Assistant Dean for Practice. “We look forward to opening more clinics to help mitigate health disparities between urban and rural areas of our state.”
For more information on the clinic’s services, hours and staff, please call: 984.215.2615
The clinic is located at 110 Boone Square Street, Suite 29, Hillsborough, North Carolina.