PARTNER

PARTNER - Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse TechNology-Enhanced Residency Program 

Purpose: 

IN THIS STRUCTURED EDUCATIONAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, PARTNER augments MUSC's Outpatient Telepsychiatry Program by utilizing a clinical team (Psychiatrist, PMH-NPs, and newly board-certified PMH-NPs). PARTNER increases access to mental health services, increases workforce readiness, and comprehensively delivers a tele-mental health model, utilizing advanced clinical management and psychosocial interventions.

PARTNER trains new board-certified PMH-NPs in telehealth mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults for rural and underserved populations. The fellowship is a twelve-month, full-time, 40 hour/week program that provides comprehensive training in delivering care virtually via an e-consult system and synchronous video visit platforms. The program supports and guides proficiency in clinical decision-making for assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and psychotherapy modalities for acute and chronic mental illness. The program also includes primary care integration and advocacy. The program is innovative in its approach to training for 100% virtually delivered care. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid shift of clinical care delivery systems away from traditional brick-and-mortar settings, this virtual care model is critical for future training for behavioral health nurse practitioners.

Fellows' Bio:

Alexander Van Kruysman, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Mr. Alex Kruysman is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He started his career with his associates degree in nursing through New Hampshire Technical Institute. Since then, he has practiced nursing in acute care for over ten years in various settings. He went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science through Southern New Hampshire University, which led to his introduction into the world of mental health. He completed his masters through Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences during which he spent the majority of his time treating psychiatric emergencies in an in-patient setting.

Jillian Grzeskiewicz, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Ms. Jill Grzeskiewicz is a a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She began her career in nursing the Emergency Department in 2008, after graduating from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then went on to obtain her first Master of Science in Nursing, with a focus in leadership and management, from Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD and spending several years working in leadership and hospital administration. She completed the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program at Frontier Nursing University. She has an interest in pediatric mental health and trauma-focused care. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.

Program Leaders:

Simone Chinnis, DNP, MBA, APRN, FNP-C, AE-C (Program Contact)
Instructor
College of Nursing
Medical University of South Carolina
chinniss@musc.edu

James T. McElligott, M.D., MSCR 
Executive Medical Director
MUSC Health Center for Telehealth
Medical University of South Carolina

Christopher Pelic M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Medical Director Telepsychiatry/Associate Dean for GME Outreach
Medical University of South Carolina

S. Akeya Harrold, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Clinical Instructor
Department of Education Innovation & Student Life
College of Nursing
Medical University of South Carolina

Joy A Lauerer, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Associate Professor
College of Nursing
Medical University of South Carolina

Hannah Robidoux DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Clinical Instructor
Telepsychiatry Outpatient Provider
College of Nursing
Medical University of South Carolina