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Book about Frontier Nursing University’s First 50 Years
Named an AJN ‘Book of the Year’
January 2013 – The American Journal of Nursing recognized Rooted in the Mountains, Reaching to the World: Stories of Nursing and Midwifery at Kentucky’s Frontier School, 1939-1989, as a 2012 Book of the Year, representing the best in nursing publishing. The book, written by Frontier Nursing University faculty member Dr. Anne Z. Cockerham and Dr. Arlene W. Keeling of the University of Virginia, was awarded first place in the AJN’s “Public Interest and Creative Works” category. The awards were announced in the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Nursing.
Rooted in the Mountains, Reaching to the World recounts the stories of pioneering students who attended one of the first nurse-midwifery schools in America. It offers a fascinating glimpse into the first 50 years of the graduate school founded by nursing pioneer Mary Breckinridge. Using historical photographs and alumni memories, the book captures the unique and exciting experiences of the students who lived, learned, and established deep and meaningful roots at the Frontier School between its inception in 1939 and the school’s transition to a distance-learning format in 1989. The school is today known as Frontier Nursing University.
Anne Katz, PhD, RN, a clinical nurse specialist in Manitoba, Canada, who judged the category in which the book won, wrote the following: “This book reminded me of how I felt when I read the Cherry Ames books about nursing. The adventure! The challenges! The fun! The bravery! A perfect book for the coffee table, it describes the history of the famous Frontier School in vivid detail and illustrates this story with photographs.”
In addition to receiving an AJN Book of the Year Award, the book has received outstanding reviews in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health and The Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky.
Since 1969, the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) has published its annual Book of the Year honors. The AJN Book of the Year program is a prestigious competition that garners the attention of its readers, as well as librarians and faculty. Books in 16 categories were recognized on the 2012 list.
Published by Butler Books, Rooted in the Mountains, Reaching to the World retails for $30 and can be purchased from Butler Books, http://www.butlerbooks.com. For more information about the book, go to www.frontier.edu/pioneerbook.
About Frontier Nursing University:
For more than 70 years, Frontier Nursing University, with its heart in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, has educated nursing leaders who have touched the lives of children and families across the nation and around the globe. Today, Frontier is a premier nursing university preparing more nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners than any other school in the country. Our graduate-level programs prepare nursing leaders in the primary care of women and families with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations. Our university, which utilizes distance-learning methods, makes graduate-level education accessible to nurses in rural areas and ultimately fosters accessibility to quality healthcare by graduating advanced-practice providers to work in these underserved communities.
FNU provides advanced educational preparation for nurses who seek to become nurse-midwives, family nurse practitioners, or women’s health care nurse practitioners. The university offers the following degree programs: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a post-master’s certificate. For more information, visit www.frontier.edu.
About the authors:
Anne Cockerham is an alumna of the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, having earned a certificate in nurse-midwifery there in 2001. Her academic degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia. She holds a full-time faculty position at Frontier Nursing University and a part-time clinical nurse-midwifery position at Loudoun Community Midwives in Leesburg, Va. Her research focus is nursing history, particularly the history of nurse-midwives in the Frontier Nursing Service and the Catholic Maternity Institute.
Arlene Keeling received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia. She is the Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, the director of the Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, Department Chair of Acute and Specialty Care, and the coordinator of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. Her major research work is nursing history. One of her current projects involves the history of nursing in the 1918 influenza pandemic. She is also the award-winning author of Nursing and the Privilege of Prescription, 1893-2000, a book that chronicles the history of advanced practice nursing with special emphasis on the nurse’s role in dispensing, furnishing, and prescribing medications.