Throughout 2019, representatives of Frontier Nursing University (FNU) attended a multitude of nursing and nurse-midwifery conferences and meetings. Students, faculty and alumni gathered with others from the field to hear from engaging speakers, grow their networking connections and speak with potential students. Here are the highlights of some of the key conferences and meetings attended this year.
The 31st Annual Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives (KCNPNM) Conference took place in Covington, Ky. in April. Over 50 exhibitors, including several higher education institutes, gathered at the Covington Convention Center to connect with guests.
The two-day exhibition window of the conference brought approximately 600 attendees. The FNU booth received many interested visitors, several of which led to further inquiries about FNU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and post-graduate certificate programs. Alumni, current students and friends of FNU also stopped by to say hello. Many attendees were familiar with FNU’s history and reputation as one of Kentucky’s oldest and most reputed nursing schools.
Conference guests had the opportunity to attend continuing education sessions as well as workshops on a full range of healthcare topics. Pharmacology was emphasized as the opioid epidemic continues to grow while groundbreaking new drugs are created.
FNU alumni, faculty, students and friends also gathered for a time of making new connections and renewing old ones at a reception hosted by FNU.
The National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) 67th Annual Convention was held in Salt Lake City, Utah in April. At the FNU exhibit booth, attendees were engaged in conversations about the Master of Science in Nursing degree programs and ADN Bridge Entry Option. Conference attendees also had the opportunity to attend informal gatherings with FNU called Coffee and Conversations in the coffee shop adjacent to the convention center, where potential students could come and ask any additional questions about FNU programs. Alumna Jason Hone also stopped by and talked about his experience at FNU.
The spring National Convention for Nurse Practitioners (NCNP) took place in May in Chicago, Ill. The three-day conference drew over 2000 nurse practitioners from all over the world. Attendees were able to learn about FNU’s graduate programs as well as becoming a preceptor.
The Fall NCNP conference was held in Las Vegas, Nev. in September. More than 1500 nurse practitioners (NPs) attended and learned about FNU’s graduate programs. Several alumni also stopped by to say hello and reminisce on their time at FNU.
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Convention was held in Atlanta, Ga. in June. FNU joined 240 other exhibitors as over 3500 people attended. Nurse-midwifery student Crystal Norman helped greet guests and shared her experiences at the FNU exhibit booth. FNU also hosted Coffee and Conversations gatherings each day and spoke with potential students about FNU’s nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner programs.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference was held in June in Indianapolis, Ind. FNU faculty member Vicky Stone-Gale as well as alumni Jill Johnson, FNP and Elena Prendergast, DNP, FNP-C gave presentations at the conference. AANP was one of several conferences this year where FNU focused on recruiting potential students from diverse backgrounds. Diversity Impact program mentees Frainelys (Frainy) Cruz, Caren Blantin, Ebony Hollins, Chanelle Nsangou, Nancy Carter, Jessica Stevens, and mentor Dr. DeLana Gardner spoke to potential students who visited FNU’s booth. Alumni and friends also gathered at the annual alumni breakfast.
The 64th annual American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Meeting was held in National Harbor, Md. in June. 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 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.
Many FNU faculty, staff and students received awards at the ACNM conference. You can read about the awards and presentations here.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Conference took place in New Orleans, La. in October. FNU Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program Director Jess Calohan helped out behind the booth handing out pralines and speaking to potential students. A Coffee and Conversations gathering offered an opportunity for attendees to ask more questions about FNU’s psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner program.
Thank you to all who attended and participated in our many conferences and meetings in 2019!