Certified nurse-midwife (CNM) Iniko Sallee became a nurse-midwife to build deeper relationships with her patients, and now she is completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to educate others following in her footsteps.
Iniko graduated from Frontier Nursing University (FNU) in 2018 with her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree (Class 148) with a specialty in nurse-midwifery. Prior to earning her MSN, she worked as a labor and delivery staff and charge nurse for 17 years.
“While I thoroughly enjoyed working with expectant moms and families as a nurse, I knew I wanted to develop deeper relationships with my patients before, during and after pregnancy,” said Iniko.
“I wanted to have more say in helping women and families formulate their birth preferences and assisting them in the reaching of their goals, and I wanted to catch babies.”
Iniko also has experience teaching, and she is currently enrolled in FNU’s DNP program to allow her to educate at a higher level.
“I have had the opportunity to educate through childbirth classes, as a nurse leader and as adjunct faculty for a nursing university. I have had wonderful teachers in my life who have assisted me through my education, and obtaining my DNP is a step toward educating practitioners in the future,” she said.
Her DNP studies have also paid off in her current role as a CNM at Baptist Health Lexington in Lexington, Ky.
“As a part of a quality improvement project for my DNP, I recently implemented a new process for educating, assessing and providing treatment and follow-up for perinatal depression and anxiety.”
FNU was an easy choice for Iniko due to its reputation, history and distance learning format. She said, “Frontier has a wonderful reputation and ranking in the nursing community. It has a rich history and great success rate in developing nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners. Being a part of a university and community birthed in Kentucky was a big draw for me, even while pursuing my degrees online worked best for me and my family.”
Iniko credits the FNU network with enhancing not only her studies but also her career. “Going from a nurse to a practitioner was a big step, and I have felt so supported through the transition. As a practicing nurse-midwife, I continue to network with current Frontier students, faculty and alumni.”
We are proud of Iniko for furthering her education not only to offer a deeper level of care to her patients, but also to pass her knowledge on by educating future nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners.
To find out more about any of FNU’s programs and offerings, visit Frontier.edu.
What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)?
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are educated in two disciplines: midwifery and nursing. They earn graduate degrees, complete a midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), and pass a national certification examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) to receive the professional designation of CNM. Certified Midwives (CMs) are educated in the discipline of midwifery. They earn graduate degrees, meet health and science education requirements, complete a midwifery education program accredited by ACME, and pass the same national certification examination as CNMs to receive the professional designation of CM.