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.
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.
Frontier Nursing University preceptors Frances Sahrphillips and Tricia Heinrich not only work toward preparing the dedicated healthcare professionals of tomorrow, but they also join forces to make a positive impact on the lives of patients today. Both serving as Certified Nurse- Midwives (CNMs), Sahrphillips and Heinrich contribute their expertise with the Southeast Georgia Health System while collaborating on precepting students.
Giving back can take many forms, and in the case of precepting, it is the gifts of time and expertise. Frontier Nursing University’s Clinical Outreach and Placement team is available to help students throughout their clinical program. The unit aids students by providing assistance and resources for locating clinical sites. It also provides support and customer service to preceptors, answering their questions and troubleshooting challenging situations.
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.
Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) first Preceptor Celebration Week will be held August 14-18, 2023. This event honors the important role that preceptors play in advanced practice nursing education. Preceptors are experienced licensed clinicians who supervise nursing students during their clinical rotations. Their role is to help students translate what they have learned into real-world clinical practice. This celebration will showcase FNU preceptors’ work and acknowledge their key role in shaping future advanced practice nurses.
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.
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.