At the heart of Frontier Nursing University is a talented and diverse community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, Couriers and preceptors. Spotlight blogs feature members of our FNU community that are focused on the mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to deliver quality health care to underserved and rural populations.
A passion for mothers and babies runs through Carrie Lee-Hall’s family, going back to her great-grandmother who practiced as a lay midwife. Her great-grandmother’s stories had a tremendous influence on Carrie, and led to her pursuing a career in nurse-midwifery via Frontier Nursing University (FNU). At FNU, she found more inspiration through the story of Mary Breckinridge and credits the school with preparing her for a successful career.
With a focus on serving rural areas, Carrie became the first Certified Nurse-Midwife in many years to practice in Hazard, Ky. In addition to nurse-midwifery, Carrie returned to FNU for both a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner degree and a Family Nurse Practitioner degree so that she can treat families as a whole. She is also a sexual assault nurse.
Carrie continues to strive in her field at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, located in Eastern Ky, where the facility has around 500 births per year. She is always seeking new ways to improve health care in rural areas and was even featured in The American Nurse Project in recognition of her many accomplishments in the field.
As an alumnus, Carrie gives back by serving as a preceptor for other FNU students who share her same concern for women and families. Carrie shared, “My passion is practicing in a rural area. I would love to help promote breastfeeding, decrease smoking and other negative health habits, and bring greater awareness to the negative effects of drug abuse in Eastern Kentucky.”