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 Cortni McCall of Atwood, Tennessee, her decision to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner was inspired by the situations that she had endured personally. McCall lost her ex-husband, a military veteran who dealt with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“My children and I lost so much, and due to the lack of professionals in my area of residence, I feel like this is needed and needs to be openly welcomed for those who desire to express concerns at their homes and in their lives, as well as treatment for those that are mentally ill and seeking help,” McCall said.
In her pursuit to earn her MSN, McCall is drawing upon her experience as a registered nurse. She currently serves as a public health nurse in a local Community Health Center, where she has worked for over three years. She has prior experience working at various rehabilitation facilities.
In her current role, McCall works to ensure STI prevention, family planning, immunizations, and well child visits for children are available to the community, regardless of medical insurance status.
“I serve the rural population: mostly adults and child immigrants and those who do not have insurance or any means of income,” she said.
Set to graduate in 2024, McCall said she chose to pursue FNU due to its reputation, which she described as “remarkable.”
“FNU has endless resources, and those resources reach out to you,” she said.
Outside of her career and studies, McCall enjoys spending time with her two children and her labradoodle, and stays busy taking her children to soccer, volleyball, and dance events.
Thank you, Cortni, for choosing FNU in your path to becoming a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and for caring for underserved patients in your community.