At the heart of Frontier Nursing University is a talented and diverse community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, couriers and preceptors. Spotlight blogs feature members of our FNU community who are focused on the mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to deliver quality healthcare to underserved and rural populations.
For over 12 years, Jodi Dickey has been an essential member of the team at Frontier Nursing University (FNU). Starting out as Clinical Credentialing Coordinator in 2010, Dickey now serves as Director of Clinical Credentialing, a role that is vital to the success of FNU students during their clinical experiences.
As Director of Clinical Credentialing, Dickey leads Clinical Credentialing services at FNU. Credentialing is in place for the protection of the student, preceptor, clinical site, and the University. Dickey leads a team made up of several clinical credentialing coordinators who are dedicated to helping students navigate the credentialing process as smoothly as possible so they can focus chiefly on learning and growing in their field of nursing.
“We prepare the legal aspects of the clinical sites where students rotate before they begin,” Dickey explained. “It's a risk-management service to keep everyone involved protected in our litigious society.”
Dickey earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Kentucky in 2006 and later went on to work as a media and communications manager for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. Her longtime passion as an equestrian led her to her career at FNU, as she developed an interest in improving childbirth education and options for women after working on a thoroughbred broodmare farm where she foaled mares, which is the equivalent of midwifery in the equestrian field.
"I came to FNU because I am interested in increasing birth options through midwifery in the U.S. I stay because I love the culture at FNU and having a role in bringing healthcare to rural and underserved populations."
- Jodi Dickey, MAHEA, CPCS, Director of Clinical Credentialing
“I came to FNU because I am interested in increasing birth options through midwifery in the U.S.,” she said. “I stay because I love the culture at FNU and having a role in bringing healthcare to rural and underserved populations.”
Throughout her time at FNU, Dickey has continued to further her education, earning a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville in 2018 and earning her Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) certification.
“I love FNU's dedication to educational development for their employees” she said.
In addition to the development opportunities afforded to her, Dickey also appreciates the university’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
“DEI is a critical part of becoming a better community member, both professionally and personally, so I really appreciate FNU’s commitment to DEI,” she said.
Dickey said overall, her appreciation for FNU has always felt mutual.
“I've always felt like a person at FNU rather than a number on a badge,” she said.
Outside of her career at FNU, Dickey, who lives in Lexington, Ky., enjoys taking part in equestrian events with her horse, Jake. She recently ponied international race horses at the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington with Jake. She also enjoys spending time with her two cats, two dogs, eight chickens and one pig.
Thank you, Jodi, for the important work you do at FNU and for your consistent dedication to students.