We have so much to be proud of in 2023, including our students, faculty, staff, alumni, preceptors and donors. We invite you to reflect on this past year at Frontier Nursing University.
On Thursday, November 16, Frontier Nursing University will join healthcare providers and organizations across the country to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). Organized by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, NRHD is an opportunity to bring awareness to the unique challenges that rural communities face and the efforts of rural healthcare providers to create positive change in these regions.
Frontier Nursing University’s current Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC, APRN, has been selected as the university’s first Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Student Success. Dr. Alexander-Delpech was named the university’s CDIO in 2022.
Oklahoma’s social statistics are somewhat bleak, given the state’s high rates of intimate partner violence, child neglect and abuse, teen pregnancy, high school dropout, and low rates of post-secondary education. However, in the rural town of Warner, positive change is sweepin’ down the plains thanks to the efforts of Tiffany Perryman BSN, RN! Perryman has served as a public health registered nurse for nine years. She provides family planning services to women in her largely indigenous and Hispanic community, which also includes a large number of Medicaid recipients.
As a nurse-midwife at St. Lawrence Health System in Potsdam, New York, Dr. Megan Gagner, DNP (Class 30), APRN, CNM, is accustomed to working in a rural, underserved area. Potsdam is located in upstate New York, close to where Gagner grew up in St. Lawrence County, just 30 minutes from the Canadian border. Gagner worked as a labor and delivery nurse at St. Lawrence Health for four and a half years while completing her nurse-midwifery degree at Frontier Nursing University. Advancing her skills and knowledge has meant not only additional coursework but also the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Nicaragua earlier this year. It was a nine-day adventure that changed Gagner’s life.
The Pat Tillman Foundation announced the 2023 Tillman Scholars on June 27. Frontier Nursing University (FNU) student Leslie Copp, RN, BSN, SANE-A, was one of the 60 U.S. service members, veterans, and military spouses chosen as 2023 Tillman Scholars. In recognition of their service and leadership potential, the newly selected class will receive scholarship funding to pursue higher education and continue their service in the fields of healthcare, business, law, public service, STEM, education and the humanities. Copp is pursuing her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner at FNU and aims to achieve a dual degree as a doctor of nursing practice and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner.
Lance Briggs, PMHNP, is a dedicated preceptor who has been instrumental in helping students at Frontier Nursing University socialize their knowledge and gain confidence in their practice. As an FNU preceptor, Lance has been committed to easing students into the world of mental health and psychiatric nursing in a safe and supportive environment. Because of these attributes and more, FNU student Terra Edwards nominated Briggs to be FNU’s Winter 2023 Preceptor of the Term.
When the White House calls seeking your expertise, it is a pretty good indication that you are doing something right. That is exactly what happened to Jessica Bacon, CNM, APRN, MSN, and her colleagues at Wentworth-Douglas Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire. Among her duties in the hospital’s Women and Children’s Unit, Bacon is part of Seacoast STRENGTH, the multidisciplinary care team for pregnant people with substance use disorder.