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 healthcare to underserved and rural populations.
Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is proud to recognize Robin Argyle, FNP as the winter term Featured Preceptor. In her role as a preceptor, Argyle is committed to shaping the next generation of nurse practitioners (NPs) into the best versions of themselves.
“As a preceptor, you get to have a hand in shaping the future of healthcare,” Argyle said. “There are many voices out there trying to silence NPs. Teaching students to stand up for themselves and the profession is worth any bit of time precepting takes.”
A 2015 graduate of FNU, Argyle serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) at Falls Community Hospital and Clinic in the small rural community of Marlin, Texas. A town with a population of about 5,600, Marlin’s poverty rate is approximately 46 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In her role as an FNP, Argyle cares for the residents of Marlin, along with those living in the outlying communities of Falls County.
For many of her patients, access to the Falls Community Hospital and Clinic is a 30 to 40-minute commute, despite it being their nearest healthcare facility. Working in a rural setting, Argyle is often required to investigate complex problems and establish long-term plans for her patients due to a lack of specialists in the area and lack of patient resources. From providing COVID-19 vaccine information to resources for pregnant patients, Argyle serves as a consistent source of care for her patients.
Before working with Falls Community Hospital and Clinic, Argyle worked as an FNP for healthcare facilities throughout Oklahoma, including Grand Lake Mental Health Center.
Argyle balances her career as an FNP with her work as a preceptor. Over the years, she has served as a preceptor to countless students in central Texas. As a preceptor, Argyle said her favorite part of the experience is witnessing a student grasp a concept in practice that was difficult in didactic learning.
“When they see it done in practice, it’s always fun to see the light come on,” she said. “I also love the questions they ask because it challenges me to learn more.”
As an alumnus, Argyle said she particularly enjoys working with FNU students.
“The students from Frontier are always well prepared and are ready to learn,” Argyle said. “I’ve precepted several students from other colleges. I didn’t realize how fortunate I was to have such a stellar education until I started precepting. I’m grateful for FNU every single day.”
FNU student Megan Hoang, who nominated Argyle, said she provides students with the clinical experience they dream about during didactic courses.
“She is a firm yet loving guide who constantly pushes you to grow into what she knows you can be,” Hoang said.
Thank you, Robin, for your work as a preceptor and your compassionate care for rural, underserved patients in your community. Your work has truly exemplified FNU’s Culture of Caring.
To read about previously recognized preceptors or to nominate a preceptor, click here.
Are you interested in becoming a Frontier preceptor? Learn more here.