Despite juggling a myriad of responsibilities to address the healthcare needs of her local community, Michelle Quale, FNP, CNM, dedicates time to passionately mentor the next generation of healthcare professionals through precepting. This includes guiding several Frontier Nursing University students throughout the years.
The first step in solving a problem is understanding what the problem is. As Triana Boggs, APRN, CNM (Class 186), opened Motherland Birthing and Wellness LLC last year, she did so with first-hand knowledge of how it can help address the community’s needs. The middle of three children, Boggs was raised by a single mother. With limited resources available, the family relied on government assistance for everything from housing to food to healthcare. Her passion for community service and engagement stems from her own childhood experiences of being a child in need.
The recent issue of the FNU Quarterly Bulletin is jam-packed with coverage of FNU’s event-filled Fall, which was one of the busiest in recent memory. It all began in September with Commencement, our largest annual event once again held at the historic Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
January is celebrated as National Mentoring Month and serves as a national call to action for uplifting and joining the mentoring movement. In an effort to create stronger interactions and connections between students and faculty, Frontier Nursing University introduced its Professional Organizational Mentoring Program (POMP) in 2018.
POMP matches FNU faculty with nurse practitioner and nurse-midwifery students from underrepresented groups to provide support and mentorship. The program allows students to join a professional organization in their field and gives them the opportunity to attend a professional conference with their mentors. Conference registration and professional membership fees are covered for all faculty mentors and student mentees selected.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2021, the maternal mortality rate in the United States was 32.9 deaths per 100,000 live births, a dramatic increase from rates of 23.8 in 2020 and 20.1 in 2019. Answers to systemic problems are complex and involve multiple components, but data suggests that nurse-midwives could help dramatically to improve the nation’s maternal mortality crisis. In addition to educating and preparing more nurse-midwives, part of the solution is also an increased awareness of exactly what nurse-midwives do. Taking note of the many myths about nurse-midwives, FNU has made it a strategic priority to be a source of information and education about the vital role of nurse-midwives.
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.
FNU’s commencement ceremony honored the nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who have completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Master in Science of Nursing degree, or Post-Graduate Certificate. FNU awarded over 1,000 degrees again this year.
In the field of healthcare, everyone has their own unique passions and interests. That’s why at Frontier Nursing University we offer four specialty tracks with paths for a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC), depending on the student’s educational background and career goals. A Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is also offered as a degree option for those who have completed the MSN. Our specialty tracks are Nurse-Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. All of our specialties share an emphasis on rural and underserved communities.