At Frontier Nursing University, our faculty and staff take their commitment to students seriously. That’s why we have a variety of resources and services to help students as they journey through their education. We have worked hard over the years to make sure students can enjoy the benefits of a distance-education model while feeling connected to FNU regardless of where they are located. At FNU, we pride ourselves on our community-focused culture of caring.
Here are some of the ways you will stay connected at FNU:
- SAGE Peer Mentoring Network
The SAGE peer mentoring network was designed to provide a supportive organization for students as they adjust academically and emotionally to distance learning. SAGE is not a tutoring service, but instead, an organization to offer encouragement, time management tips, and the like to fellow classmates via social media. Find out more information about SAGE here.
- Diversity Impact Student Organization
All FNU students are invited to apply for the Diversity Impact student organization. Diversity Impact students have access to additional support services beyond what FNU already offers to all students. The Diversity Impact student organization coordinates monthly meetings where students, faculty and staff discuss topics relevant to issues of diversity in nursing and health care, health disparities and current events. Additionally, Diversity Impact students have the opportunity to compete for various funding opportunities including scholarships to national nursing conventions. The Diversity Impact student organization is designed to support underrepresented students and welcomes all students interested in creating a community of inclusion at FNU, in their practice, or in their home community. Diversity Impact is designed to promote diversity in nursing and midwifery. The program accomplishes this by recruiting and retaining underrepresented students with the goal of becoming nurse-midwives or nurse practitioners. For more information visit the Diversity Impact page.
- Student Council
The Student Council is composed of elected student members from each FNU class who agree to act as class representatives. The mission of the Student Council is to help make each FNU student’s experience as positive as possible by promoting good communication among students, faculty and administration.
- Academic Advising
As an FNU student, you will be assigned to an academic advisor at the point of admission. Your academic advisor will work with you from orientation to graduation making sure that you are meeting all degree requirements in a timely fashion and helping you find the support you need while at FNU. Most students meet with their advisor using video chat, which cultivates a more personal connection rather than relying on email communication alone. For more information visit the Advising Page.
- Mentoring in the Classroom
Nearly all courses at FNU are designed to include interaction between faculty and students. This interaction takes place via live and recorded lectures, discussion posts, presentations, and peer-to-peer-group work. Faculty members keep regular office and appointment hours each week, allowing students easy access through phone conversations or online meetings.
- Clinical Search & Credentialing Support
FNU provides support to help students identify clinical sites and preceptors. At the start of the degree, each MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate student is assigned to a Regional Clinical Faculty member (RCF) who provides support and guidance regarding the clinical site search and clinical coursework. When entering the DNP, students are assigned to work with a specific faculty mentor leading up to and during the DNP clinical project. Additionally, students can seek assistance from the Clinical Site Facilitator and participate in clinical Case Days to network with other students in their geographic region. Once a student has a site identified and approved, they will work with a Credentialing Coordinator to complete the necessary credentialing paperwork and process. For more information visit the Credentialing Page.
- Library Services
Whether on campus or off-site, FNU students and faculty always have access to the Alice Whitman Memorial Library, an academic library with a collection of books, journals and audiovisuals. The Library provides access to a large number of online resources including bibliographic and full-text databases, online journals and texts, tutorials and other relevant websites. For more information visit the Library Page.
- Other Opportunities
FNU offers students many other opportunities to be connected to the community of students, alumni, faculty and staff. Here are two more to consider:
- FNU hosts a chapter for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
- FNU has an Open School Chapter with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). This is a FREE club for the Frontier community to support each other with activities to address population health, healthcare costs and leadership.