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.
In 2021, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded Frontier Nursing University (FNU) the HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant totaling $1.92 million. The BHWET grant project is led by Dr. Jess Calohan, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Chair of FNU’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Department. The goal of the project is to increase the number of psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners who are diverse in race, ethnicity, and other underrepresented populations serving in rural and medically underserved communities through collaboration with clinical Experiential Training Site partners.
Faculty, staff, students, alumni and preceptors of Frontier Nursing University (FNU) attended the 2023 AANP National Conference from June 20 to June 25 in New Orleans, LA. The AANP National Conference is the largest nurse practitioner conference in the United States! With a focus on “Restoring, Recharging and Renewing the Nurse Practitioner Community,” the conference offered something for every nurse practitioner. FNU is excited to highlight the many FNU community members who presented, received scholarships, and were recognized during this year’s conference. We commend all of these individuals for their excellent work as nurse practitioner leaders!
For Frontier Nursing University preceptor James Flint, the decision to become a preceptor stemmed from the challenges he encountered while completing his own education. While studying to become a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Flint said finding a preceptor was one of the greatest challenges of completing his education. Flint has worked with three FNU students and looks forward to precepting two more students later this summer.
As home of the nation’s first Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has a tradition of innovation in family nursing education. FNU graduates are well-prepared clinicians who are improving healthcare around the country and around the world. The FNP program curriculum includes a strong academic and clinical basis that teaches students not only to be an FNP, but also an entrepreneur and a leader in healthcare.
If you hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), you may be curious about the growing trend of nurses opting for a DNP degree and whether pursuing one would be the right decision for you. In recent years, more and more nurses are choosing to advance their careers by earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Frontier Nursing University’s clinical doctorate is designed for registered nurses who want to take their nursing career, leadership skills and clinical expertise to the next level, with an emphasis on rural and underserved communities.
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.
The Spring 2023 issue of the Frontier Nursing University Quarterly Bulletin features a look at Homecoming 2023, the first Homecoming event held on the Versailles campus. The event, which was held in March, included the presentation of FNU’s annual service awards, all of whom are profiled in this issue. The Spring Quarterly Bulletin also contains several news and notes from around the university, including the announcement of a new scholarship and a feature about the impact of FNU President Dr. Susan Stone, as told by her colleagues.