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.
Though she has a well-established career in nursing with an extensive educational background and several formal recognitions for her work, Dr. Torica Fuller, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, FNP-BC, CDP, CGRN, CPN, NRCME, of Raeford, North Carolina, is consistently looking for ways to gain more knowledge in order to better serve her patients. That’s why she is currently pursuing her Post-Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health Care from Frontier Nursing University (FNU).
Dr. Fuller works as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with the Cumberland County Department of Public Health in Fayetteville, North Carolina, serves as a clinical assistant professor with East Carolina University and as an adjunct professor with Fayetteville State University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from East Carolina University; her Master’s and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification from Indiana Wesleyan University and her DNP from East Carolina University.
Serving uninsured and underinsured pediatric and adult patients, Dr. Fuller has worked as an FNP in public health for the past seven years. As an advanced provider, she diagnoses and treats communicable diseases in the community with the goal to eradicate the disease as well as improve patient outcomes.
“We are the access to care for those who otherwise would not be able to receive healthcare due to cost or other social determinants of health,” she said.
Recently, Dr. Fuller helped to change the title of all North Carolina-based Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives, and Physician Assistants who work in public health. The title was changed from Physician Extender to Advanced Practice Provider (APP) for the entire state of North Carolina.
Dr. Fuller was also named the founder and co-chair of the APP section of the North Carolina Public Health Association, and was recently named Ms. Norwayne Alumni 2022.
A Focus on Women’s Health
Set to earn her Post-Graduate Certificate in 2023, Dr. Fuller said her decision to further her education was influenced by her passion for women’s health.
“I have worked in women’s health for the past seven years and enjoy working in this speciality,” she said. “The FNP degree provided little studies regarding this topic, and I wanted to gain more knowledge in women’s health to better care for my patients.”
So far, Dr. Fuller said the most interesting course she has taken at FNU is Care in Normal Pregnancy.
“I was able to learn a lot and at the end of the course, I felt comfortable caring for a pregnant patient,” she said.
“Everyone is very supportive at FNU and every person that I have been in contact with has made me feel that they all want me to achieve my goal of becoming a Women’s Health Care NP.”
– Dr. Torica Fuller, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, FNP-BC, CDP, CGRN, CPN, NRCME, FNU Student
Dr. Fuller recently started her clinical practicum, with one of the sites being a busy private OB-GYN that typically sees over 60 patients a day.
“I am able to obtain a lot of experience there with my preceptor,” she said.
Dr. Fuller said she chose FNU due to the flexibility and support afforded to students.
“I chose Frontier because of its focus on graduate nursing and the ability to obtain a Post-Graduate Certificate online. Also, I was intrigued with taking didactic courses and then focusing on the clinical courses,” she said. “Everyone is very supportive at FNU and every person that I have been in contact with has made me feel that they all want me to achieve my goal of becoming a Women’s Health Care NP.”
Outside of her work and studies, Dr. Fuller enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling and running half-marathons.
Thank you, Torica, for choosing FNU in your path to becoming a Women’s Health Care NP and for dedicating yourself to underserved patients in your community. We are excited to add Dr. Fuller to FNU’s faculty this April as the Clinical Transitions Coordinator for our FNP program.