2022 has been a year to remember! We have so much to be proud of, including our students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors. From September of 2021 to September of 2022, FNU graduated 215 Family Nurse Practitioner students, 260 Certified Nurse-Midwife students, 64 Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner students, 226 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students, and 148 Doctor of Nursing Practice students. These graduates completed clinicals at more than 1,700 sites in the past year. Those nurse-midwifery graduates attended over 10,400 births during their clinicals.
We invite you to reflect on this past year at Frontier Nursing University (FNU).
FNU Accomplishments and Accolades
FNU and our community has had many significant accomplishments and accolades this year! We were named a 2022 Great Colleges to Work For®. This reflects our commitment to value the contributions of every employee. For the fifth consecutive year, FNU received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.
We became an AACN-accredited provider for continuing education. This will allow FNU to offer more continuing education sessions for our faculty and community. Our DNP program received reaccreditation through ACEN. They identified strengths in our Mission, our Faculty, and our Organizational Capacity.
FNU Events and Activities
In 2022, we were able to utilize our newly remodeled campus for many on-campus events and gatherings. Frontier Bounds and Clinical Bounds returned to being in-person, allowing students to connect with one another and faculty even more.
On September 9th, FNU held our ribbon cutting and land acknowledgment ceremony. Over 100 people attended, including Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. The land acknowledgment statement is engraved on a sign that has been placed at the trailhead of FNU’s 5K walking path. This will inform visitors of the land’s history.
On September 24th, we held our first in-person Commencement ceremony in three years. Over 1,000 people attended the ceremony in Lexington, Ky. From September 2021-September 2022, FNU graduated over 1,060 students.
The commencement ceremony also included the presentation of the university’s annual leadership awards, honoring the students who provided exceptional leadership to their peers. Here are the 2022 FNU Student Leadership Awards winners:
FNU held our annual Empower virtual events celebrating National Midwifery Week and National Nurse Practitioner Week. For National Midwifery Week FNU welcomed Dr. Crystal Pirtle Tyler as the keynote presenter. Dr. Pirtle Tyler presented “First Do No Harm: Advancing Reproductive and Maternal Health Equity.” This session provided historical context on reproductive oppression and discuss our role in advancing reproductive and maternal health equity today. For National Nurse Practitioner Week, we welcomed Dr. Tiffany Love as the featured keynote. Dr. Love presented “The Best Place to Work: Creating Safe and Equitable Work Environments for All.”
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott, and Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton each provided proclamations for both recognition weeks.
FNU’S Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Efforts
FNU started many new initiatives and continued longstanding DEI efforts. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion introduced Student Interest Groups.
- Students of Color in Nursing
- LGBTQIA+ Students in Nursing
- Men in Nursing
- International Students in Nursing
- Military/Veterans in Nursing
Utilizing grant funding, we were able to send students and faculty to in-person national conferences throughout the year with our Professional Organization Mentoring Program (POMP). We sent faculty and students to national conferences across the country with organizations including ACNM, AANP, GLMA, AABC, and NBNA.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) held its annual conference in Long Beach, California this year. Among the attendees at the three-day conference were 20 FNU psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) students and three FNU faculty members. The unique opportunity for FNU students to attend the conference was made possible by funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant. HRSA awarded the $1,920,000 grant to FNU in 2021. The project period extends from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2025.
FNU was selected to participate in AACN’s inclusive learning environments initiative.
We hosted the 12th annual Diversity Impact Conference. This year’s theme was “Engaging Diverse Voices in Sustained Dialogue to Build Community Trust.” This year’s conference featured many excellent speakers and the film “Apart” plus a panel discussion with the women featured in the film.
Faces of Frontier
We have been able to spotlight many students this year for their dedication and service to their communities. Here are a few:
- FNP student Brandon Locklear, RN, BSN, has been a traveling nurse for the past year. He works in acute hospital environments, assisting underserved communities that are facing nursing shortages. Locklear strives to give back to his community by being a light in a dark place for his patients. He educates his patients about their chronic conditions and provides them with the skills they need for a better quality of life.
- FNP student Robyn Roche-Paull, BSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, is a US Navy veteran who helps breastfeeding mothers. Roche-Paull also wrote a book that helps pregnant people in the military navigate breastfeeding while working through their long shifts, trainings, and deployment.
- April Haneline was an PMHNP student at FNU this year and recently graduated. Haneline recognized the lack of mental health providers, especially for queer people in Western Kentucky, which is why she chose our PHMNP track.
We welcomed many to leadership roles in 2022.
- Bobbi Silver, Chief Advancement Office
- Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
- Emily Fangue, Chief Financial Officer
- Dr. Eileen Thrower, Department Chair for the Department of Midwifery and Women's Health
- Dr. Eva Fried, Clinical Director for the Department of Midwifery and Women's Health
- Dr. Audra Cave, Clinical Director for the Department of Family Nursing
We also welcomed new faces to Frontier:
We celebrated many accomplishments of our faculty and staff. We are so proud of them! Here are a few:
- Dr. Rachel Risner was selected for the National League for Nursing & Walden University College of Nursing Institute for Social Determinants of Health & Social Change.
- Dr. Cathy Collins-Fulea was inducted as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow.
- The National Academies of Practice inducted Dr. Vicky Stone-Gale as a Distinguished 2022 Fellow.
FNU staff members came together in March of 2022 for a retreat and again in October for an in-person full staff meeting.
In celebration of Earth Day, staff planted trees around campus and by our 5k walking trail.
It truly has been a year to remember. We are so proud of the FNU community! We look forward to 2023.
To view our 2022 year in review video, please visit this link.