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Advanced Practice Providers

Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) are nationally certified and state licensed to provide diagnoses, treatments and follow-up. There is a strong representation of APPs across UK HealthCare, working in collaborative roles with physicians in all specialties of acute-care and clinical settings. The daily contributions by APPs to deliver “patient first,” high-quality health care is valued by physicians as well as by patients and their families.

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UK HealthCare’s Office for Advanced Practice serves as the professional home for nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives and physician assistants.

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APP Week Events

This week is APP Week and to show our appreciation for all you do we have the following events scheduled:

  • Dec. 5 -  1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Pav. A Lobby, Afternoon Snack and Go
  • Dec. 6 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Pav. A Lobby, Light Dessert
  • Dec. 8 - 7:30 - 9:30 a.m., Pav. A Lobby, Breakfast Grab and Go

Please make sure you stop by as we will have giveaway items and drawings for prizes including a basketball signed by Coach Cal.

Again, thank you so much for all that you do!!

Advanced Practice Provider Spotlight

Melissa Soper

Meet Melissa Soper

The University of Kentucky Office of Advanced Practice is pleased to announce a new APP Spotlight Profile honoring Melissa Soper. 

Read more about Melissa »

Is there an APP you'd like to nominate for Spotlight?

  • Mission & Vision

    To provide support for existing and emerging practices of Advance Practice Providers at the University of Kentucky.

  • Contact Us

    Lacey Troutman Buckler, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, NE-BC  
    Assistant Chief Nurse Executive, Advanced Practice and Strategic Outreach  
    Director, Office of Advanced Practice  
    Email latrou0@uky.edu 
    Call 859-218-6164

  • Student Placement Request Process

    Any APP student seeking placement for clinical hours at UK Healthcare must submit a request to the UKHC APP Office using the Student Placement Request form. Please be sure that you include the dates of your requested rotation, the number of hours you are seeking, and the college/university in which you are currently enrolled. If you already have a preceptor, please include that information on the form as well.

    Important Points to Consider

    • We do need specific dates (please do not use Fall 2018). If you don’t have specific days, please use a month-to-month reference (August-December 2016).
    • If you already have a preceptor, we do need the preceptor listed that has looked at the curriculum requirements of your program and has agreed that the program requirements and hour requirements can be achieved. We cannot accept a department as a preceptor.
    • We will need an email confirmation from your preceptor stating they have agreed to take you as a student for the term listed on the request.
    • Approvals are granted for a specific time period only. If you have an additional need for clinical hours outside the time frame you submitted, you must complete a new request.
    • These guidelines are for students not currently enrolled in the UK College of Nursing or UK College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program. If you are a current UK CON or UK CHS PA student seeking placement, please contact your student advisor for placement guidelines.
    • We make a diligent attempt to place all APP students who have requested placement at UK Healthcare. However, due to the high volume of requests and limited preceptor availability, we cannot guarantee a placement to any student. You will be notified via email once approval is received. You will also be notified via email if a placement is not available at this time

    Once you have received email confirmation of placement approval from the APP Office, you must contact the Office of Observation and Learning Experience to complete the second step of the placement process.

    Office of Observation and Learning Experience Requirements

    You must complete the required paperwork from the Office of Observation and Learning Experience (OLE) before you can begin any clinical hours. You may contact them directly at OLEstudents@uky.edu. All forms from the OLE office must be completed and turned in at least two weeks prior to your expected start date. You cannot begin any clinical hours until you have an ID badge, and you must display the student placard with the badge at all times while obtaining clinical hours.

    Recommended Deadlines

    Spring Clinical (January-May): Requests must be received by December 1. 
    Summer Clinical (June-July): Requests must be received by April 1. 
    Fall Clinical (August-December): Requests must be received by July 1.

    View Request Form

    Contact Information

    Student Placement Email: appstudentplacement@uky.edu 
    Office of Advanced Practice Phone: Julie Swafford, 859-218-6164 

  • APP Council

    Council Chair, Shanna M. Meyers, APRN, MSN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-C slmcca2@uky.edu

    The Advanced Practice Council is comprised of representatives amongst Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists, and Physician Assistants, all from diverse clinical backgrounds including Adult and Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Acute Care, and Critical Care. The council provides a forum for discussion of issues (national, state, and institutional) relevant to the scope and standards of practice for advance practice providers.