For the last 4 1/2 years, Frontier Nursing University (FNU) faculty member Alyn McGee, MSN, ARNP, and CNM, has been fulfilling the mission of Frontier all the way from St. Lucie, Fla. McGee, a 2005 alumna of FNU’s MSN program, develops the next generation of nurse-midwives and women’s health care nurse practitioners as a regional clinical faculty member while serving as a CNM at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Group.
Based in St. Lucie, with offices around Southeast Florida, the Maternal Fetal Medicine Group is pioneering new ways to provide care to women with very high risk pregnancies who need midwives’ perspective and wisdom. McGee’s role at Maternal Fetal Medicine is crucial to the underserved community seeking care from the four offices she rotates among.
Working side by side with doctors, she reviews scans with patients, diagnoses and explains concerns and problems, and listens to each mother’s fears, dreams and questions. She spends time teaching patients, visiting subjects anywhere from diabetes, diet, hypertension and morbid obesity, to advanced maternal age, HIV/AIDS, cancer in pregnancy and drug use.
McGee also sees a wide variety of patients dealing with unique issues from In Vitro Fertilization and gender selection questions to an impoverished mix of drug addicts, legal and illegal immigrants, and women with Zika virus.
McGee’s journey with FNU began after working with three certified nurse-midwives to build a freestanding birth center in 1993. She was so inspired by the three women that she requested a catalog from FNU and 10 years later, enrolled in the CNEP program.
“It was always and only, FNU,” McGee says. “The first time I drove up that mountain and saw the old buildings, read the history, smelled the air and listened to Kitty and the other faculty, I knew it was all I ever wanted: to be a Frontier Nurse-Midwife.”
Aside from her accolades as a nurse-midwife and instructor, McGee has also received certification as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE). Currently, McGee is working on a Survival Medicine Training Certificate, and in December she plans to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice at FNU.
Thank you, Alyn, for representing FNU as a student, alumna and faculty member!
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 who are focused on the mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to deliver quality health care to underserved and rural populations.