Dr. Susan E. Stone, a certified nurse-midwife, is a leader in strategic development to increase the quality and capacity of the midwifery and advanced practice nursing workforce, with the specific goal of improving health care for families. Her primary position for the last two decades is as the President of Frontier Nursing University where she has grown the University from a community-based school of nurse-midwifery offering a basic certificate program with an enrollment of 200, to an accredited University offering masters and doctoral degrees to nurses seeking graduate education as nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners.
Today, the University has more than 2,500 graduate and doctoral nursing students enrolled from every state in the United States and several foreign countries. Behind Dr. Stone’s leadership, Frontier’s focus is on educating primary care providers to serve rural and underserved populations. Within its degree programs, the university offers tracks leading nurses to certification as nurse-midwives, family nurse practitioners, women’s health care nurse practitioners, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.
Dr. Stone is the past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (2018-19) and was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine Class of 2018 as one of only two nurses in her class. She believes collaboration with other health care professionals is essential to improve the health of women and families and fosters this approach in her various roles.