Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is proud to celebrate diversity in nursing, which is why student Diversity Impact ambassadors, faculty members and alumni attend a variety of annual conferences that do just that. A product of FNU’s diversity and inclusion initiative, the Diversity Impact Program promotes diversity in nursing and nurse-midwifery by recruiting and retaining students from underrepresented populations to become nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners. Conference participants have the opportunity to learn and celebrate, while also connecting with and providing information to prospective students.
FNU is a proud recipient of the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant that funds a Professional Organizational Mentoring Program (POMP) which makes it possible to send faculty mentors and student mentees to many conferences throughout the year. Here’s a look at all the conferences Diversity Impact students and faculty attended the last few months:
ACNM Meeting – May 18-23
The 64th annual American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Meeting was held in National Harbor, Md. this year. The meeting aims to emphasize the importance of evidence-based care and to instigate conversations centered around race, socioeconomic disparities and structural competency in healthcare in America. This year, ACNM introduced a new racism and disparities track to focus on health inequities, implicit bias and the mortality and morbidity rate for women of color.
FNU faculty and mentor Dr. Diana Jolles gave a podium presentation at the conference with her student mentee, Katrina George, as did Dr. Janelle Komorowski and her student mentee, Elizabeth Aviles.
FNU held its annual reception at the conference on Sunday, May 19 and had over 150 people in attendance. Student mentees helped greet guests and enjoyed an evening of networking with other FNU alumni, students, faculty and preceptors.
Student mentees Katrina George, Elizabeth Aviles, Aja Aviles-Soto, Alexandra Millett, Stacy Hepner and Ellen Apple represented the university by attending sessions and sharing information on distance education and specialty tracks at the exhibit booth.
You can read more about FNU’s participation at ACNM and how to join in at Frontier.edu/DIP-ACNM.
Many FNU faculty, staff and students received awards at the ACNM conference. You can read about the awards and presentations here.
AANP Conference and Exhibit – June 18-23
The nation’s largest multispecialty Nurse Practitioner conference, the 34th annual American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) conference and exhibit was held in Indianapolis, Ind. in June. FNU faculty and mentor Dr. Delana Gardner attended along with FNU student mentees Frainleys Cruz, Caren Blantin, Ebony Hollins, Nancy Carter, Jessica Stevens and Channelle Nsangou. The mentor and mentee participants represented the university by attending educational sessions and sharing information on distance education and specialty tracks at the exhibit booth.
Keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart shared her personal struggles and how she overcame extreme adversity after being abducted as a child. She emphasized the importance of recovery and not allowing the past to dictate the future.
You can read more about FNU’s participation at AANP and how to join in at Frontier.edu/DIP-AANP.
NBNA Conference and Exhibit – July 23-28
The 47th annual National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) conference and exhibit was held in New Orleans, La. NBNA represents approximately 200,000 African American nurses from the U.S., Canada, Eastern Caribbean and Africa, with 115 chartered chapters nationwide.
This year’s theme, “Addressing the Epidemic of Health Inequity,” focused on multifaceted approaches to improving the health status of communities of color, as well as advocating for a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Attendees were encouraged by keynote speaker Dr. Ernest J. Grant, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, the 36th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest nurse’s organization representing the interests of the nation’s four million registered nurses. A distinguished leader, Dr. Grant has more than 30 years of nursing experience and is an internationally recognized burn-care and fire-safety expert.
FNU’s Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion Devon Peterika along with FNU faculty/mentor Dr. Linda McDaniel and student mentees Brittany Hogue and Erica McNealey attended the conference and represented the university with information on distance education and specialty tracks.
Visit Frontier.edu/DIP-NBNA to read more about FNU’s participation at AANP and how to join in.
NAHN Conference and Exhibit – July 15-19
The 44th annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) conference and exhibit was held in Reno, Nev. The conference theme, “A Climate of Change: Nurses Taking Action to Achieve Health Equity,” focused on addressing timely issues surrounding Latino healthcare regarding equity, diversity and inclusivity to bring awareness to health inequities affecting Hispanic communities of color.
FNU faculty and mentor Dr. Mary Ellen Biggerstaff and student mentees Amy Guzman, Leticia Fernandez, Sally Sanchez and Heather Ellin attended the conference and represented the university with information on distance education and specialty tracks at the exhibit booth. Fernandez was announced as a recipient of the United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative’s Latino Health Scholars Program.
Workshops emphasized evidence-based healthcare practices with the aim to impact Latin cultures in providing culturally congruent health care to decrease disparities and inequities. Conference workshops also focused on student leadership and education with a call to create a pathway to leadership for millennial Hispanic nurses.
You can read more about FNU’s participation at NAHN and how to join in at Frontier.edu/DIP-NAHN.
GLMA Conference and Exhibit – Sept. 11-14
The 37th annual Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) conference and exhibit was held in New Orleans, La. This year’s conference theme, “LGBTQ Health Across the Lifespan”, highlighted the importance of understanding the ever-changing healthcare needs of LGBTQ patients from birth to end-of-life care.
FNU Diversity Impact Student Ambassadors Vanessa Shields-Haas and Margaret Galvez attended the conference and represented the university at its exhibit booth.
Visit Frontier.edu/DIP-GLMA to read more about FNU’s participation at GLMA and how to join in.
AABC Conference and Exhibit – Sept. 12-15
The 13th annual American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) conference and exhibit was held in Orlando, Fla. The AABC promotes and supports birth centers as a means to uphold the rights of healthy women and their families, in all communities, to birth their children in an environment that is safe, sensitive and cost-effective with minimal intervention.
FNU sent Diversity Impact Student Ambassadors Marie Alcide-Pigniat and Jamie Neal to represent the university and connect with prospective students.
You can read more about FNU’s participation at AABC and how to join in at Frontier.edu/DIP-AABC.
FNU is proud of its students, faculty, staff and alumni who have embraced the mission to reach diverse and minority populations to improve the quality of their healthcare. Thank you to all who played a part in this year’s diversity-focused conferences!