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Frontier Nursing University preceptors Frances Sahrphillips and Tricia Heinrich not only work toward preparing the dedicated healthcare professionals of tomorrow, but they also join forces to make a positive impact on the lives of patients today. Both serving as Certified Nurse- Midwives (CNMs), Sahrphillips and Heinrich contribute their expertise with the Southeast Georgia Health System while collaborating on precepting students.
In their role as CNMs, Sahrphillips and Heinrich work with women from adolescence to menopause. Their practice serves a high percentage of active duty military members and dependents due to its proximity to a nearby Naval base. They also serve residents of surrounding rural counties where obstetrical services are unavailable. Many of their patients are on Medicaid.
In addition to her work with the Southeast Georgia Health System, Sahrphillips also serves as a CNM with the Georgia Health Department Coastal Health District Camden County. She is a published author in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health and has provided webinars for the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia. She was inducted into the American College of Nurse-Midwives Fellows earlier this year and has been a board member of the Georgia Perinatal Association.
“Her patients feel heard and can expect their concerns to be addressed,” said FNU student Elijah Paradee. “If a patient lacks resources or is in need, Frances is adept at guiding them to the proper resource or aid. The high comfort level I see between Frances and her patients is indicative of this.”
Sahrphillips and Heinrich have jointly precepted numerous FNU students. For Heinrich, an FNU alum, working with FNU students is particularly rewarding.
“I love watching everything come together and the confidence build,” she said. “It’s so rewarding giving back and shaping the future. I absolutely love being able to be a part of this process and giving back, especially to Frontier being a former student.”
FNU student Karen Howell, who is earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), said she is the first DNP student Sahrphillips and Heinrich have precepted together. She said throughout the process, they have done everything necessary to make sure she can succeed and have been encouraging in her professional growth.
“They are a dynamic duo who are always concerned with providing quality care with a patient-centered focus and in a timely manner in a collaborative practice,” she said.
Thank you, Frances and Tricia, for your dedication to precepting FNU students and for your unwavering commitment to patients through your roles as CNMs.
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