2021 is coming to a close, which means it's time to reflect on all of the accomplishments and successes at Frontier Nursing University (FNU)! FNU is grateful for and proud of our entire community. This includes faculty, staff, board members, students, alumni, donors, and preceptors. We’ve collectively and individually hit many milestones this year that we should all be proud of, despite the unprecedented times.
FNU Accomplishments and Accolades
FNU received countless awards and recognition in 2021. We were named a 2021 Great Colleges to Work For®. This reflects our commitment to value the contributions of every employee. The university was recognized as a Gold COVID Stops Here Workplace. Because of our leadership in distance education, we received an International Distance Learning Award from the United States Distance Learning Association.
For the fourth consecutive year, FNU received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. FNU has completed four pillars of the DOIT Certification process and is currently being considered for national certification. Meanwhile, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recognized FNU as a recipient of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Leadership Awards. These awards show our continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. It is an honor to be recognized for all our efforts, but we recognize that there is much more work to be done that we will carry out in 2022.
We are proud to have over 250 dedicated faculty and staff members. While adapting to working remotely during the pandemic, our staff continued to provide crucial support services to our students. Our faculty work tirelessly to be the best possible instructors to our students, while also remaining active in professional midwifery and nursing organizations.
Dr. Charlotte Morris, DNP, CNM, FACNM and Dr. Dwynn Golden, DNP, CNM were elected to positions with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Department Chair of Psychiatric-Mental Health, Dr. Jess Calohan, DNP, PMHNP-BC, was selected to be inducted into the 2021 Class of Fellows by the American Academy of Nursing. In September, Dr. Khara’ Jefferson, DNP, APRN, FNP-C was named the new Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
Answering the Call and Remaining Connected
Our students utilized over 4,100 clinical sites this past year and we had more than 5,000 active preceptors. We are so thankful for all of our clinical sites and preceptors who shape the future of nursing and touch the lives of many FNU students.
Bounds remained virtual for most of the year but we were able to host our first in-person Clinical Bound sessions on the new Versailles campus this fall. This allowed us to bring our students together and provide hands-on clinical learning.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
In continuing our work in addressing racial inequities and health disparities worldwide, FNU created several task forces and committees such as the President’s DEI Task Force, the Board of Directors DEI Committee, and the Antiracism and Bias Advisory Council. Composed of faculty, staff, students, and volunteers, these committees incorporate perspectives from all corners of the university.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) hosted the 11th Annual Diversity Impact Conference. Over 100 people attended the 3-day virtual conference that focused on dismantling systemic racism and discrimination in healthcare.
The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) awarded FNU two grants this year totaling $4,140,000. These grants will allow us to expand on the important DEI work we are already doing and more.
FNU awarded more than $750,000 in scholarships and financial aid to our students this year. We served over 3,000 students in 2021.
We are always working to expand our services to better serve our students and set them up for success. Our Office of DEI expanded our mentorship program, coaching, tutoring and counseling offerings. All of these initiatives are furthering our mission to become an antiracist University.
More Reasons to Celebrate
Our expert faculty members presented sessions focusing on topics like antiracism, quality improvement, and substance use disorders. You can view those educational, insightful sessions by clicking the buttons below:
Thank you to the FNU Community for making 2021 a year to remember. We look forward to all of the exciting endeavors we will encounter in 2022.