Frontier Nursing University held its first FNU Day of Giving on Wednesday, October 26. The day-long event was conducted both on campus and on social media, with events and reminders about students’ need for financial support as they pursue their advanced nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education.
“Our students are graduate students, meaning that most of them are already working as registered nurses while they work toward their advanced degrees,” said FNU Chief Advancement Officer Bobbi Silver. “It is a demanding pursuit in terms of both time and money. These donations provide critical support to our students and the university.”
“Today, we have been learning the basics of suturing and advanced musculoskeletal assessments,” said Courtney Smith, an FNU Family Nursing student via a video recorded as part of the student takeover of the FNU Instagram account during the Day of Giving. “Without your generous donations, scholarships would not be available to students, and many of us wouldn’t be able to continue with our education. We are so appreciative!”
“Without scholarships and donations, many of our students would not be able to finish their education,” said Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC, APRN. “Because of donors like you, the Office of DEI is able to offer scholarships, we are able to pair students with faculty mentors so they are able to attend national conferences, and we are able to offer tutoring services to our students.”
The importance of the Day of Giving is magnified by FNU’s role in addressing the nationwide shortage of nurses and the health disparities in diverse, rural, and underserved communities. FNU educates 40 percent of the nation’s nurse-midwives, and 49 percent of FNU students come from underserved communities. By completing most of the coursework online, they are able to continue to live and work in these underserved communities while they work toward their advanced degrees.
FNU’s students come from all 50 students, and the university awarded over 1,000 degrees at commencement in September. FNU offers a Master of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate Certificates. Students can specialize as a Nurse-Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner, or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
“I want to thank everyone for their generous support,” said Silver after the Day of Giving raised $23,801. “The money raised during the Day of Giving impacts our students in many ways, including scholarship support, DEI programs, and overall support of our campus. These areas, and more, are critical to providing the best graduate nursing and midwifery education programs and support that Frontier Nursing University is known for. Because of you, this single Day of Giving will make a lifetime of difference.”