A record number of attendees was tallied at The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) 63rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Savannah, Ga. from May 20-24, 2018. Over 2100 were in attendance – among them, several Frontier Nursing University (FNU) representatives. Faculty, staff, alumni, students, preceptors and friends of FNU attended the four-day conference, as well as FNU PRIDE ambassadors and student mentees that helped out at the FNU exhibition booth.
The booth was open for exhibiting from Monday evening until Wednesday afternoon and the conference ended on Thursday morning. FNU’s theme for 2018: “It’s no SECRET, we want you to answer the call to SERVICE.”
The chosen theme reflected FNU President Dr. Susan Stone’s induction as the President of ACNM on the last day of the conference. The booth was outfitted in secret service decor, complete with “Answer the Call” badges, microfiber cloths, and pens to give away to booth visitors.
Just as the legacy of FNU founder Mary Breckinridge demonstrated nearly 80 years ago, “answering the call” to service manifests itself in many different ways. Even if an attendee did not have Frontier ties, FNU representatives urged all Nurse-Midwives to answer the call to service, whether in education, precepting, or serving their community.
During the exhibition time, more than a dozen attendees expressed interest in precepting FNU students. FNU gifted sunglasses to those who showed interest in precepting as well as its current preceptors. Many other booth visitors inquired about getting a Doctor of Nursing Practice or a Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric-Mental Health.
The FNU booth also boasted interactive activities, including taking photos with FNU legend Kitty Ernst and entering answers to the question “How are you answering the call to service?” through FNU’s app. Attendees could text their answer or enter it in using the provided laptop at the booth, and responses were then displayed on the monitor in a word cloud.
In addition to the “Answer the Call” activity, FNU showed a historic timeline video on the booth monitor.
As an ACNM industry partner, FNU enjoyed several benefits during this year’s conference.
FNU hosted an Alumni and Friends Frontier Reception on Monday night. FNU Associate Dean of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Dr. Tonya Nicholson, preempted the reception with a Facebook Live event, interviewing many of the FNU faculty and staff leading up to the start of the reception. You can see the video here. There were nearly 200 attendees, including alumni, faculty, staff, students, preceptors and friends at the reception. The FNU Development unit showcased their new fundraising video to help relay the theme of answering the call to service.
FNU also took part in the Midwifery Market, which was open from Tuesday to Wednesday during exhibiting hours. For sale at the market were Nurse-Midwifery T-shirts, Frontier Logo T-shirts, plush horses, and several Alumni items. FNU hit record-high sales this year, selling over 90 T-shirts.
Wednesday night, FNU representatives attended the ACNM Gala, where several FNU community members were awarded based on their outstanding service. The vast number of award winners created a strong recognition among conference attendees of how FNU community members work together to uphold the FNU mission and “answer the call” every day. All award winners will be posted on ACNM’s website.
On the last morning of the conference, FNU hosted the Frontier Breakfast for faculty and staff in attendance. The conference concluded with the ACNM Business Meeting, during which Dr. Stone was officially inducted as the ACNM President.
With new preceptors, potential student inquiries, and FNU’s own Dr. Stone now serving as its president, the 2018 conference was a success for all involved.
See more: View the FNU photo gallery from the 63rd Annual ACNM Annual Meeting