The 64th Annual American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Meeting was held May 18-22, 2019 in National Harbor, MD at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center with nearly 2000 attendees from across the country. Frontier Nursing University (FNU) had a large presence at the conference, highlighted by a large exhibition booth as well as a table selling items in the Midwifery Market.
Many FNU students, graduates, preceptors and faculty stopped by the booth, gave presentations and received awards and recognition for their continual hard work. All who attended were empowered by the impactful work the FNU community is doing around the nation.
The theme of this year’s exhibition booth celebrated the 80-year anniversary of FNU. Behind the booth hung a collage backdrop featuring photos from throughout FNU’s 80-year history. Booth workers promoted the “.80 for 80” campaign, asking donors to give $0.80 per day for a year and receive an exclusive 80th Anniversary lapel pin.
FNU students, faculty and alumni who attended were asked to share their favorite memory as a midwife or of FNU, and several memories were displayed at the booth. Another exhibit booth activity was a book signing with FNU Alumna Barbara Anderson for her new book, The Maternal Health Crisis in America Nursing Implications for Advocacy and Practice. Attendees also had the option to register to win an FNU 80-year gift basket.
Six students were selected to attend the ACNM Annual Meeting with their expenses covered as part of FNU’s Diversity & Impact Program mentee program which allows students to attend conferences with a faculty mentor . Katrina George, Elizabeth Aviles, Aja Aviles-Soto, Alexandra Millet, Stacy Hepner and Ellen Apple were selected to attend ACNM and enjoyed educational sessions and helped out at the FNU booth, the Midwifery Market and the reception.
One highlight of the ACNM Conference was FNU’s annual Alumni & Friends Reception. Prior to the start of the reception Dr. Tonya Nicholson led a “Heart of Midwifery” virtual session where she interviewed a number of attendees so that students at home could get a glimpse of the Annual Meeting. During the reception, more than 150 students, preceptors, alumni, faculty, staff and friends heard from FNU President and ACNM President Dr. Susan Stone as well as FNU Dean Joan Slager along with Tonya Nicholson, Angela Bailey, Jane Houston and Kitty Ernst as they spoke about the passion behind Frontier and the success of 2019 thus far. FNU Preceptors were also recognized during this event for their generous time and support they offer to our students. Attendees enjoyed a time of networking and community during the reception.
The FNU Case Day and Panel Event took place Monday, May 20th in conjunction with the ACNM Annual Meeting with RCF Dr. Tanya Belcheff and Director of the DNP Program, Dr. Jane Houston. Three cases were presented at the beginning of the program by Hogan, Hepner, and Hart.
The Birth Equity Panel brief created a wonderful safe space to talk about birth equity and justice with an engaged group of diverse students and providers. Keisha Edwards provided a kind, loving style as our facilitator, allowing the students to bring forth discussions on race and justice that were moving and meaningful to everyone in the room.
To see more photos from the conference, view the ACNM photo album.
Be on the lookout for an upcoming story highlighting the many FNU faculty, staff, preceptors and students who were recognized and received awards at the ACNM conference.