Dedicated to actively pursuing her goal of mentoring students in their journey to becoming advance practice nurses, Frontier Nursing University (FNU) Course Coordinator Kim Baraona, DNP, CNM, works closely with nurse-midwifery students. Kim instructs one of their final didactic courses, helping them understand antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn complications and how to collaborate with other healthcare professionals.
Kim began working at FNU over three years ago, bringing with her 23 years of midwifery experience. Her motivation for coming to FNU was simple: to share her expertise with those who would be carrying the torch into the future.
“Throughout my midwifery career I have felt it to be an honor to work with women and families during one of the most important days of their lives – I feel the same honor working with passionate, dedicated, midwifery students who will soon be embarking upon one of the most rewarding professions,” said Kim.
Kim has garnered many accolades during her tenure. Most recently, Kim and three colleagues were published in a 2017 issue of Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health with an article entitled, Tobacco Harms, Nicotine Pharmacology, and Pharmacologic Tobacco Cessation Interventions for Women.
In May 2017, she gave a presentation at the 62nd American College of Nurse-Midwives convention, speaking on the topic, “Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: Brief Intervention for a Busy Practice.” Her article, Tobacco Cessation Interventions During Pregnancy, was also featured in ADVANCE (read about it on our blog by clicking here).
Kim plans to continue educating future nurse-midwives alongside the rest of the Frontier team.
“FNU is an inspiring institution, where each day I am in contact with exceptional faculty and staff members who are dedicated to FNU’s mission,” she said.
When she is not working with the midwives of tomorrow, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, spoiling her grandchildren, gardening, running, sewing, and trying out new recipes.
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.