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Advanced Practice Professionals

Your VITALITY keeps us moving

Advanced Practice professionals serve in a variety of roles across our health system. No matter which area you bring your skills and experience to, you’ll build relationships with patients and play an important role in providing the highest quality of healthcare.

Employee Focus: Huma Baig – Advanced Practice Provider

Huma Baig, PA, specializes in cardiology on the Kansas City Campus. Colleagues describe her as pleasant, ambitious, poised and joyous. "She has this infectious positive attitude and enthusiasm that’s easy to notice from the moment you meet her," says hospitalist Abebe Abebe, MD. "She is the kind of advanced clinical provider you want to have by your side every day."

Her communication skills make her a role model for peers. As someone who is invested in knowing more, Huma communicates with referring physicians and other consultants to uncover “issues that were a puzzle at first,” and she engages in conversations with team members, interns and residents to provide a recommendation from a cardiology standpoint.

A colleague in the Heart Failure Clinic points to Baig’s compassion, empathy, diligence and trust: "I believe wholeheartedly the kind of environment Huma creates is the kind that future physicians, advanced care providers and nurses should be trained at."

Specific Information on Advanced Practice Positions

The University of Kansas Health System’s 400-plus advanced practice providers (APPs) play a vital role in patient care. APPs represent:

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs)

  • A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is a licensed provider who cares for the health needs of pre-adolescent, adolescent, and adult women throughout their life span.
  • A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is an advanced practice nurse who provides high-quality healthcare services within a practice team and with a systems perspective.
  • A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced practice nurse who specializes in anesthesia care.
  • A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice nurse who provides high-quality healthcare services within a practice team.

Physician Assistant (PA)

Physician assistants (PAs) are healthcare professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians.

The daily contributions by APPs to deliver high-quality, patient and family centered care is paramount to fulfill the vision at The University of Kansas Health System Great Bend to lead the nation in caring, healing, teaching and discovering.

Advanced Practice Providers are educated at the graduate level (master’s or doctoral) and may work in either a specialist or generalist capacity. The basis of Advanced Practice is the high degree of knowledge, skill and experience that is applied within the patient relationship to achieve optimal outcomes through critical analysis, problem solving and evidenced-based decision making.

The Advanced Practice Provider Council (APPC)

The APPC is comprised of APRNs, PA-Cs, CRNAs, CNSs, and CNMs who regularly meet to provide input into operational, research, and policy issues that impact the practice and/or clinical scope of APPs at The University of Kansas Health System. The council’s mission is to provide support for existing and emerging practices of APPs to deliver world-class patient care and to ensure the excellence of future patient care through caring, healing, teaching and discovering.

Opportunity Areas and General Information

Advanced Practice Professionals work in a variety of areas across the health system:

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • ICU
  • Neonatal and Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • OB/GYN
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Urgent Care
  • Urology

Advanced Practice Provider Student Clinical Placement

The health system welcomes all current graduate nursing and physician assistant program students, to apply for clinical placement. Collaboration among physicians, nurses, researchers, educators, APPs and other professionals who share their expertise leads to a strong learning environment.

Nursing license

The University of Kansas Health System requires a nursing license in the state of Kansas in order to complete clinical hours. If placement is requested at a site in Missouri, a nursing license in Missouri is required. A Compact License is acceptable to meet these requirements. This does NOT apply to physician assistant students.

School affiliation

Placements cannot be made until an agreement between The University of Kansas Health System and your school is in place. Confirm with your school that an agreement is in place prior to entering your placement request.

Request for student placement

Students will need to confirm placement with their preceptor prior to entering the placement request.

To support our processes of: (1) placement confirmation, (2) documentation that all student requirements are met, and (3) EHR access requests are completed, student requests:

  • Are to be submitted at least 45 days prior to the submitted start date of clinical hours
  • Should not be submitted at the link below more than 6 months prior to the start date of clinical hours
  • Need to be submitted for each semester

To submit your required health system request: Click the student placement request link below to be taken to a confidential website for submission of needed information.

Advanced Practice Provider (APRN or PA) Student Intake Form (
Do not assume that this request is equal to a confirmation of placement.

Microsoft Word - Student Letter Requesting Compliance v3 (

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