Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has announced that Kevin Scalf, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNEcl, has accepted the position of Department Chair of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Department effective immediately. Dr. Scalf has been serving as the interim Department Chair since October 8.
“Dr. Scalf is a highly respected member of our faculty who is a tremendous asset to his colleagues and students,” said FNU Dean of Nursing Dr. Joan Slager, CNM, DNP, FACNM, FAAN. “I am grateful for his service in an interim capacity and am excited to see the benefits of his leadership within the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Department .”
Born and raised in rural southeastern Kentucky, Dr. Scalf graduated from Eastern Kentucky University as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in 2011. In 2020, he graduated from FNU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Dr. Scalf joined FNU in 2018 and has held several faculty positions, including Regional Clinical Faculty, Clinical Bound Team Leader, Clinical Bound Course Coordinator, Simulation Coordinator for the PMHNP program, and Clinical Transitions Coordinator.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Scalf agreed to fill this extremely important position,” said FNU President Dr. Susan Stone, CNM, DNSc, FAAN, FACNM. “Our Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program was launched in January 2017 and continues to grow, mirroring the increasing demand for mental health care throughout our country.”
Dr. Scalf’s passion for healthcare began at an early age. Working as a PMHNP in various healthcare venues, Dr. Scalf has had the opportunity to appreciate the complexity and importance of high-quality healthcare. As the demand for mental health care increases across the nation, Dr. Scalf is eager to help prepare future psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners for entry into the workforce.
“It is an honor to accept this new opportunity, and I look forward to building upon the strong foundation of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Department,” Dr. Scalf said. “It is an unbelievable privilege and responsibility to help people across our nation. Our students understand that and are up for the challenge as they answer the call to serve.”