Frontier Nursing University (FNU) alumna Kamil El, CNM, is obtaining her education with the ultimate goal of sharing her knowledge with future students.
Kamil received the prestigious Jonas Scholarship to aid in her current studies as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student at FNU.
The Jonas Scholarship program, now in its tenth year, exists to improve healthcare through targeted investments in high-potential doctoral nursing students pursuing PhD, EdD or DNP degrees, whose research and clinical foci specifically address our nation’s most pressing healthcare needs.
FNU has a history of students receiving the Jonas Scholarship. In 2018, four students received the award for their hard work and ambitious goals to impact their communities.
When Kamil was completing her clinical coursework during her Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) studies, a classmate recommended she apply for the Jonas Scholarship. Kamil wrote an essay about what she would use her DNP for: to reach and meet the needs of economically, emotionally marginalized people who are on the fringes of society. She chose primary care as her area of emphasis because it encompasses everyone and would allow her the largest scope of impact.
She was selected as a 2019 Jonas Scholar for the Scholar Priority topic area of Preventative Health DNP.
Currently, Kamil serves as a CNM in a small practice in southeastern Pennsylvania. The practice runs out of two offices and offers full-scope midwifery care, including hospital and home birth. She also has the unique privilege of working with the woman who was her nurse-midwife when she had her babies.
In her practice, Kamil works with historically underserved populations. She believes that educating and supporting people to meet their specific needs is crucial to helping them reach their self-determined life goals.
Originally, Kamil enrolled in a brick & mortar university in her area. A working mother of two teenagers, she found it difficult to attend classes while still managing her home and professional roles, so she looked for an online program. FNU checked all the boxes and its history of producing so many nurse-midwives prompted her to apply.
Now enrolled in the DNP program at FNU, Kamil is enjoying her leadership course, in which she is learning how to look at organizations differently which has helped with her practice’s relationship with their local hospital.
“The DNP program is pushing me to become a better leader,” said Kamil. “I’m used to staying in the background and putting my head down, but I’m being challenged to engage more on a political stage and with stakeholders in my community to make sure my patients get the kind of care they deserve.”
Kamil chose to obtain her DNP so she can return to teaching. Before joining her practice, she taught in the Philadelphia public school system. With a DNP degree, Kamil hopes to become an educator at FNU to bring up the next generation of nurse-midwife leaders. She wants to contribute to the diversity impact movement by teaching students from the perspective of someone who has experienced marginalization, both in healthcare and life in general.
FNU is proud of Kamil for her service to her community and her ambition to impact the next generation of nurse-midwives.