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.
Frontier Nursing University (FNU) alumni Lisa Kiser, CNM, WHNP, DNP, holds a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in both Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Care and a Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). All three degrees were earned at FNU.
“I knew that Frontier had the educational philosophy to support me to be successful in all three of my degrees,” she said.
A resident of Tucson, Arizona, Kiser currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. She teaches three days a week in the DNP program, where she specializes in teaching women’s health. She also works as a women’s health nurse practitioner at United Community Health Center two days a week. She is very excited to be part of the team that is starting a nurse-midwifery program at the University of Arizona. The program is focused on increasing the diversity of midwives practicing and teaching in the state.
“I knew that Frontier had the educational philosophy to support me to be successful in all three of my degrees…and its philosophy of education and service has continued to shape my work.”
– Lisa Kiser, CNM, WHNP, DNP
In addition, Kiser also uses her experience as a healthcare provider in the Borderlands in her community service work. She volunteers with Clinica Amistad, a nonprofit free clinic, and Casa Alitas, a migrant welcome center, both of which are based in Tucson.
Casa Alitas has provided food, health care, short-term housing, clean clothing, and travel support for migrants since 2014.
“I am part of a community response team to help welcome 100 to 300 people who are migrating a day to our community,” Kiser said. “Our work is to assess the guests arriving each day, address any immediate health needs, and connect people to services in their receiving communities.”
Throughout her time as a healthcare professional in Tucson, Kiser has worked to develop partnerships with colleges of nursing in Mexico. As a native of Tucson, Kiser said she has a deep appreciation for and commitment to the Borderlands.
“The work I want to focus on is our community response to migration in the Borderlands,” she said. Kiser has helped to create binational, service-learning opportunities where students can work together in interprofessional teams to address health issues specific to the border.
Kiser has received several accolades throughout her career, including the Women’s Health Award for 2021 by the March of Dimes Arizona.
Throughout her many endeavors, Kiser said she has worked with several FNU graduates who have shared her philosophy and approach to care and education.
“Frontier was the perfect place for me to receive all three of my degrees, and its philosophy of education and service has continued to shape my work,” she said. “I am deeply grateful.”
Thank you, Lisa, for your commitment to your community, your commitment to nursing education, and for your commitment to FNU over the years.