People and families looking for nearby primary care without a long wait for an appointment now have a new option in Minneapolis.
On Nov. 26, University of Minnesota Health will open the Nurse Practitioner Clinic – U of M Campus at the Clinics and Surgery Center at 909 Fulton St. SE. The new clinic is the second of its kind within M Health. The clinic will be open Monday to Friday, with extended hours available most days.
Nurse practitioner-led clinics are an innovative care model developed in response to a primary care physician shortage across Minnesota and increasing healthcare costs. Nurse practitioners are nurses with advanced training, including completion of a master’s or doctoral degree. Like primary care doctors, they can provide general wellness care for men, women and children. They also provide:
“The Nurse Practitioner-led model enables us to use all of our training and skills to provide optimal care for patients,” said Nurse Practitioner Jane Anderson, DNP, APRN, ANP-C, FNP-C. Anderson also directs the new clinic. “Our approach focuses on treating the whole person, partnering with patients to find solutions that will work for them.”
In 2015, the state passed legislation allowing nurse practitioners to practice independently. University of Minnesota Health led the way by establishing our first nurse practitioner-led clinic in 2015—one of the first five in the state. Now, we’re expanding access further.
Our two Nurse Practitioner Clinics offer several benefits to patients. First, they provide quick access to primary care services and referrals to expert University of Minnesota Health physicians for more complex issues. Our clinic providers also focus on patient education, listening to the patient and developing a strong relationship between patient and provider.
The Nurse Practitioner Clinic – U of M Campus team includes nurse practitioners—several of whom have multiple specialty certifications—an on-site pharmacist, dental care providers and support staff. The clinic was established in partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, which means patients will receive the latest evidence-based therapies and be treated using a holistic, patient-centered approach.“Patients say that they feel really good when they come here,” Anderson said. “They feel listened to, and they feel informed about their condition and their care options.”