Each year, Frontier Nursing University looks forward to May, when we join with the American Nurses Association (ANA) in celebrating National Nurses Week. Although these celebrations have looked a bit different the past two years, the enthusiasm has only increased. As of this year, National Nurses Week has become National Nurses Month, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has extended the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife into 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen a heightened need for nurses and midwives worldwide. The extension of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife demonstrates the continued support by WHO for the endless dedication and sacrifice of frontline workers throughout the pandemic.
As nurses and midwives approach work in the second year of COVID-19, support and encouragement for frontline workers continues to be essential to keep our country moving forward. This week, Frontier joins with people across the nation to celebrate nurses by following the weekly themes outlined by the ANA for National Nurses Month. Below you can find each week’s theme along with ways FNU has stepped up to support nurses throughout the past year:
Week 1: Self Care
- When COVID-19 first closed down the FNU campus over a year ago, Frontier leadership quickly established a virtual hub for information and resources about the pandemic. On this page, students and faculty can find the most up-to-date data on the disease, as well as several self-care strategies provided by Dr. Jess Calohan, DNP, Associate Professor, and Department Chair of FNU’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
- Frontier is proud that its campus has been utilized as a vaccination site. It has been an honor to be a part of moving our community in a safe and healthy direction. While the vaccination process continues, FNU is asking community members to share photos of receiving or administering the vaccine here.
Week 2: Recognition
- As a nursing university, FNU is well aware of the sacrifices being made every day by the men and women serving on the frontlines. Throughout this year, the university has built a running blog to honor and share the stories of students, alumni, and faculty making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.
Week 3: Professional Development
- Frontier has continued to be committed to its students and the overall nursing community throughout the pandemic. The university has worked to expand nursing education throughout the pandemic through continuing education (CE) opportunities. Current CE options available through Frontier include “Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Trends in Treatment,” “Midwifery Pearls of Telehealth,” “Epigenetics for the Practicing Clinician,” and “Hot Topics in the Management of Perimenopause & Menopause: A Conventional & Integrative Approach.” Additionally, FNU has recently released a new course, “Introduction to Cultural Safety,” designed to help health care workers gain a deeper understanding of best practices for serving cultures different from their own. This course is available to the FNU community and anyone interested in providing quality service to people of all backgrounds.
Week 4: Community Engagement
- During this period of isolation, Frontier has worked hard to expand community engagement and continue to provide support to faculty, staff and students alike. This has been done through Facebook groups, message boards, notes of encouragement, and so much more. During the past year, Frontier has found sharing stories of alumni, students, and preceptor successes to be an excellent resource for keeping the FNU family connected. If you are interested in sharing your story or know someone from FNU with a great story, please share it with the FNU communications team here.
- On top of COVID-19, the past year has also put on display the harsh disparities and racism that still exist in the country today. With the deaths of George Floyd, Brenna Taylor, and so many others, FNU was determined to continue the school’s tradition of hosting a Diversity Impact Conference. 2020 marked the ten-year anniversary of the conference and although it was moved to a digital platform, the enthusiasm for the mission, fantastic speakers and presentations, and the opportunity to have important conversations revolving around race, gender, and identity remained the same.
- In a further effort to stand in solidarity with marginalized individuals, FNU also released an anti-racism statement that can be found here.
Frontier is proud to continue to celebrate, support, and educate nurses throughout the difficulties of this past year. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about FNU and our commitment to lifting nurses of all ethnicities and backgrounds, visit our mission page.