Alumni, faculty and guests of Frontier Nursing University (FNU) embarked for a four-night adventure on the high seas March 24th, 2019. Aboard the Carnival Liberty, more than 150 cruisers headed for the Bahamas, docking in Nassau and Freeport.
The trip began in Port Canaveral, FL where the group checked in, received FNU swag and had a time of meet-and-greet, allowing alumni and faculty to mingle and introduce their guests to one another.
Along with the sunshine and relaxation, attendees also had the opportunity to attend two Continuing Education (CE) sessions aboard the ship.
The first two-hour session was presented by speaker Rachel E. Croteau DO, Family Medicine Physician of Dartmouth Hitchcock, who discussed treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. This condition is often under-diagnosed or diagnosed with delay, impacting reproductive and metabolic health.
The second session on psychopharmacology was presented by Dr. Heather Shlosser, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-B. Dr. Shlosser highlighted diagnoses and therapies for unipolar and bipolar disorders, depression and several other psychiatric disorders. Both CE sessions were accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
A highlight of the week was a catamaran tour group excursion put on by Seahorse Sailing Adventures. Guests had the opportunity to board a 50-foot catamaran and go snorkeling in a reef near Paradise Island.
FNU alumna Karen Presseault (FNP class 104) had an especially memorable trip with her boyfriend Chris and children. During a glass bottom boat tour in Nassau, Chris dropped to one knee and proposed!
“I was really surprised, said Karen. “I was a hot mess of tears. The entire boat cheered!”
The cruise also brought two alumnae with a special relationship together after many years. Kristina Drupp, RN, CNM (Class 79) reunited with her former preceptor and personal nurse-midwife, Karen Sadar Watt (Class 7) and spent time reconnecting.
After being her Karen’s preceptee, Kristina asked Karen to assist with the birth of her baby as her midwife, forming an even more special bond. “Class 7 and Class 79, this cruise brought us together again,” Kristina said.
The final evening of the cruise, FNU guests were invited to an exclusive cocktail happy hour at one of the ship’s night clubs. Over drinks and light bites, the guests were given a chance to exchange stories about their favorite experiences and reminisce on good times shared throughout the event.
Alumna Val Floro, APRN-CNM enjoyed the fellowship time with old and new friends. “I loved spending time with my FNU friends and reacquainting with others. It was a wonderful, amazing time,” she said.
During the happy hour, FNU president Dr. Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, and FNU Mary Breckinridge Chair of Midwifery Kitty Ernst, FACNM, BS Ed, MPH, DSc (hon) toasted FNU’s 80th anniversary being celebrated this year. They encouraged participation in the “.80 for 80” campaign which calls for a donation of $0.80 per day for a year. The campaign honors the 80 years of service FNU graduates have provided to mothers, babies, and families across the globe and seeks to raise funds to ensure the access to quality, affordable, advanced practice education for the next 80 years of students.
FNU hopes to continue hosting this incredible event for years to come. Stay tuned for info about next spring’s Alumni Cruise! You can learn about other alumni events at Frontier.edu/Alumni.