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When Fawn Workman of Lynchburg, Virginia, decided to advance her career in nursing by pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing in a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, she chose Frontier Nursing University (FNU) and earned her MSN in 2014. Four years later, she returned to FNU to add a Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
Workman has over two decades of experience in nursing care to patients and families of all ages and stages. Before attending FNU, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, and an Associate’s in Nursing from College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC.
Since 2016, Workman has owned an LLC, now named Lifesong Health, while she worked for other organizations (including a children’s hospital and a community mental health center.)
“Over time, it became clear that my focus needed to be on providing ethical care in a way that aligned with my values and beliefs- and for me, that meant focusing on building Lifesong Health”.
Through Lifesong Health, Workman provides one-on-one care for her patients with psychiatric/ mental health needs.
“By offering a personalized practice experience, we focus on holistic wellness — mental and physical care,” she said. At Lifesong Health, the majority of Workman’s patients are working adults and college students who are away from their hometown (many of whom have spent time outside of the U.S. in their youth.)
“I thought I would be mostly doing telehealth, but many of my local patients love being back in an office and seeing a provider in-person. I enjoy it, too,” Workman said. “My accessibility makes it possible for them to be seen without long waits, and flexible enough to work around their schedules.” Via telehealth, she sees patients all across Virginia “from DC suburbs to military communities in Norfolk to rural mountainous southwest VA,” and enjoys the variety of communities she serves.
A lifelong learner, she is continuing additional education in psychiatry (including integrative approaches) and obesity treatment. In addition to providing mental health services, Workman has recently begun anti-obesity treatment/ medical weight loss support services through Lifesong Health.
"I chose to earn my FNP because I wanted to treat adults and children. I later went back for my PMHNP because I feel it’s an area close to my heart and another way I can make an impact."
- Fawn Workman, FNP, PMHNP, FNU Alumni
“I bring my experience as someone who personally knows the struggles of the chronic disease of obesity, and my patients seem to appreciate my ability to relate and feel heard,” she said.
Outside of her work in private practice, Workman also sees patients via telehealth for a free clinic for uninsured individuals of very low income.
“This is a vital need for underserved individuals, and I wish I could clone myself as there is so much to be done,” she said. “Even though I’m only contracted for a small amount of hours per month at a reduced fee, I often spend more pro bono to give back to the clinic and patients.It feels really good to give back.”
Workman said as she has advanced through her career, her experience at FNU has provided her with the knowledge to succeed. She is also thankful for the lifelong friendships and connections at Frontier.
“Frontier seemed to have a heartbeat,” she said. “I chose to earn my FNP because I wanted to treat adults and children. I later went back for my PMHNP because I feel it’s an area close to my heart and another way I can make an impact.”
Workman has contributed to a few published nursing books (edited by another FNU alumna.)
Outside of her work in healthcare, Workman enjoys gardening, painting and spending time with her grandson.
Thank you, Fawn, for exhibiting the unique knowledge and passion of FNU graduates by serving patients in your community and underserved individuals in Virginia.
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