Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) unique distance education model allows its students to complete required experiences in clinical sites in their own communities. Clinical preceptors make this model possible by serving as teachers, role models and mentors to our students across the country.
To celebrate our many wonderful preceptors, FNU hosted an Instagram competition in February called “Precepting: A Gift from the Heart.” Students uploaded pictures of their preceptors with captions that explained how their preceptors give gifts of the heart: their time, expertise and unwavering care.
Holly, who has been a nurse for six years, began the Nurse-Midwifery program in 2017 after learning about Frontier from a few of her colleagues. She has served in a pediatric unit, a postpartum unit, and in labor and delivery. After some research she knew Frontier was the right choice for her to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse-midwife.
Holly said, “I really liked the structure of Frontier, and that it was community-based. I knew Frontier was for me, and I was so excited when I found out I was accepted!”
When Holly started working with Charlene during her preceptorship, she couldn’t wait to work alongside a practicing nurse-midwife. In Nevada, where Holly and Charlene work, there were only 33 practicing midwives as of 2016. Although it is not very common in the Las Vegas area, Charlene is blazing a trail for physiologic birth and nurse-midwifery.
“Charlene is a big advocate for physiologic birth and nurse-midwifery. She wants to give women the types of births that they want but are not always getting in Las Vegas,” Holly said.
Holly saw the many benefits Charlene brings to her patients through nurse-midwife led care. She explained how Charlene would go above and beyond to bring her patients the best possible delivery experience.
“Most people don’t see their provider while they are in labor until they are ready to give birth. Charlene goes in multiple times during their labor and does pushing with them.”
Charlene also showed great care for her patients during their visits before the delivery. She would always spend at least 20 minutes with each patient on all of their visits. One thing that Holly noticed was how Charlene always asks her patients, “what else?” when it seems as if they were wrapping up the appointment. By asking this question she showed that she truly cared for them and any questions or concerns they had about their delivery.
Not only does Charlene go above and beyond for her patients, but she also finds ways to celebrate and appreciate her colleagues.
“She makes cakes for every staff member on their birthday. She is so talented and it is another way of showing how much she cares!” Holly said.
After working with Charlene, Holly feels inspired and is looking forward to starting her own nurse-midwifery career.
“We are all so blessed to be able to support women through birth. I think it is such a great opportunity to watch a woman become a mother and a couple become a family. I think it is the greatest privilege in the world and I can’t wait to start my profession.”
Frontier is thankful for preceptors like Charlene Hanna-Manfull who give our students gifts of the heart everyday. Holly and her preceptor will both receive a $50 gift card as a small thank you gift for the amazing work they do each day.
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