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 health care to underserved and rural populations.
As a labor and delivery nurse for the United States Army, Frontier Nursing University (FNU) student Stefanie Schwarz enjoys serving active duty military members and their families. She is also currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing degree and is projected to graduate as a certified nurse-midwife in 2018 (Class 145).
In her newest duty station in Woodbridge, Va., CPT Schwarz has quickly implemented an important tool she learned in her previous duty stations: the postpartum hemorrhage kit.
“By creating the postpartum hemorrhage kits for my staff, we are able to pull the kits during an emergency to have access to all the necessary supplies and medications in one convenient place,” said CPT Schwarz.
In the past, medication that needed to be refrigerated was often thrown away unnecessarily once it sat out too long. Now the kits are being placed back into the refrigerator if not used, which means that the medication in the kits is being preserved. Not only does this save the pharmacy and the hospital thousands of dollars every month, it is instrumental in helping to improve patient safety. CPT Schwarz is a Captain in the Army and was recently honored with a “good catch” award from her unit for developing this tool.
The Frontier community is proud to have students like CPT Schwarz who are not only great health care workers, but also look to immediately improve their health care setting.
According to CPT Schwarz, choosing FNU as her university for the next step in her education wasn’t a difficult decision.
“FNU has a great reputation of bringing a unique set of people together to become nurse-midwives, and I wanted to be a part of that,” she said.
Thank you, CPT Schwarz, for all that you are doing to care for those serving our country!