A PBS documentary exploring the founding of Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) will premiere Monday, Oct. 11, at 9 p.m. EST on Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. EST on KET2.
Angels on Horseback: Midwives in the Mountains, is narrated by Ashley Judd and will detail the legacy midwives from FNS created in rural Kentucky, providing exceptional care for women and children. Since the foundation of the hospital in 1927, hundreds of thousands of children have been cared for in Appalachia Kentucky, and beyond.
Nurse-midwifery roots can be traced back to the work that started in rural Kentucky with the FNS. Seeing a need for additional nurse-midwives, FNS established the Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery, now Frontier Nursing University (FNU), in 1939. FNU now has more than 8,000 nurse-midwife and nurse practitioner graduates nationwide and in several foreign countries.
While the documentary features the beginning of FNU, the call to service continues today through our students, faculty, staff, and community. Get a glimpse of the Frontier student experience today in this 3-minute video.
The documentary, which will be distributed nationally by PBS to member stations, also will be available for streaming at KET.org and on the PBS Video app. Go here to learn more.
About Frontier Nursing University:
The mission of FNU is to provide accessible nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education to prepare competent, entrepreneurial, ethical, and compassionate leaders in primary care to serve all individuals with an emphasis on women and families in diverse, rural, and underserved populations. FNU offers graduate Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse-Practitioner distance education programs that can be pursued full- or part-time with the student’s home community serving as the classroom. Degrees and options offered include Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or Post-Graduate Certificates. In 2021, Frontier was named a “Great College to Work For” by the Great Colleges to Work For® program. To learn more about FNU and the programs and degrees offered, please visit Frontier.edu.