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Frontier Nursing University awards record number of advanced degrees
More than 500 new advanced practice nurses and midwives enter the work force
HYDEN, KENTUCKY – Frontier Nursing University (FNU), a graduate school of nursing and midwifery since 1939, hosted its 2013 commencement ceremony on October 26 in Hyden, Ky., home of the historic FNU campus. Over the past year, a record setting number of advanced-practice nurses and nurse-midwives graduated from the University. More than 500 degrees were awarded to students from almost every state across the nation who completed an FNU distance-education program. Nearly 200 of these graduates are new nurse-midwives while nearly 300 are new nurse practitioners who will help to fill the national primary care gap. These graduates will provide care to women and families in their communities across the nation and will help to increase access to care in rural and underserved areas. Nearly 1000 attendees were present at the ceremony, including hundreds of graduates and guests along with nearly 150 FNU faculty and staff members.
Founded in Hyden, Ky, FNU has been educating nurses and midwives for more than 70 years. Started by nurse-midwifery pioneer Mary Breckinridge, FNU has grown into one of the country’s leading graduate schools of nursing and midwifery with an enrollment exceeding 1500. FNU offers doctoral and master’s degrees for nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners. The university utilizes innovative distance-education methods, which were first adopted in 1989, to reach hundreds of nurses desiring nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education throughout the country and the world. FNU graduates provide primary care for women and families residing in all areas, with a focus on rural and underserved communities.
During the ceremony, student and faculty awards were announced and scholarship recipients were also recognized. Nationally regarded expert in maternal and child health, Charles Mahan, M.D. delivered the commencement address. Mahan is a University of South Florida Professor Emeritus both in the Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, and has served as an FNU Board member for 11 years.
For more information, visit the Frontier Nursing University web site at www.frontier.edu.
Frontier Nursing University was named a 2013 “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education, receiving multiple honors based completely on faculty and staff surveys.