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.
Deanna Hercik, Frontier Nursing University (FNU) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student, has been a nurse for over two decades. She is now attaining her Master of Science in Nursing and is set to graduate later this year.
With a focus on lifetime care for individuals, PMHNPs are committed to promoting mental health through assessment, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral problems, mental disorders and comorbid conditions.
A resident of Springfield, Virginia, Hercik has served as an Infection Preventionist for the past 10 years. Through her role, she provides surveillance for healthcare-acquired infections for a health system with over 700 beds. She is responsible for submitting healthcare-associated infections to the Center for Disease Control’s National Healthcare Safety Network and tracks catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line bloodstream infections, surgical site infections and healthcare-associated clostridioides difficile infections. She has earned her Certification in Infection Prevention and Control, or CIC, credential.
Hercik’s decision to transition to mental health was influenced by her adopted 10-year-old son, who lives with mental health disorders and requires therapy and pharmacological treatment.
“It has been extremely difficult to find mental health care practitioners who understand his situation and know how to treat it,” Hercik said. “This has led me to have an interest in transitioning to mental health and becoming a compassionate and excellent provider.”
Hercik said she was attracted to FNU because of the selective admissions process and online program. She said she has enjoyed leveraging the Frontier network, and has been able to reach out to graduates who live in her area to ask advice or inquire about clinical sites. In fact, Hercik said one of her preceptors is an FNU alumnus.
“After researching schools with a PMHNP program, FNU pulled ahead of its competitors. I liked that admission was selective, the program was online, and there were programs to assist students in completing their degree. I liked the idea of both Frontier Bound and Clinical Bound to provide opportunities to connect with faculty and other students.”
– Deanna Hercik, PMHNP Student
“After researching schools with a PMHNP program, FNU pulled ahead of its competitors,” she said. “I liked that admission was selective, the program was online, and there were programs to assist students in completing their degree. I liked the idea of both Frontier Bound and Clinical Bound to provide opportunities to connect with faculty and other students.”
Thank you, Deanna, for taking this big step toward becoming a PMHNP.
If you are interested in pursuing your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) in psychiatric-mental health at a top-ranked online university, visit our website to learn more about our PMHNP program.