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FNU Recognized in Minority Nurse Take Pride Campaign
HYDEN, KENTUCKY – November 2012: Frontier Nursing University is one of only seven healthcare organizations and individuals recognized as winners in the nationwide Minority Nurse Take Pride Campaign. Minority Nurse’s first ever Take Pride Campaign was implemented in an effort to recognize places of employment that go above and beyond regarding encouraging diversity; recruiting and retaining minorities; and creating a cooperative, inclusive work environment. A call for submissions went out in early 2012 and the winners were featured in the fall issue of Minority Nurse magazine and also on MinorityNurse.com.
Dr. Nena Harris, current FNU faculty member, nominated FNU for the campaign. Dr. Harris has witnessed FNU’s increasing commitment to diversity for the past ten years since she began her journey at FNU as a student, one of only three minority women in her orientation session. When Harris became an FNU faculty member six years ago, she was the only professor of color. “Since that time, several faculty of color have been hired,” she says. “Also, I have more face-to-face interactions with students on campus and the composition of those sessions has become more colorful over the years.” In that time, Harris says she’s seen the school “develop a passion for diversity.”
A school founded to address the health care needs of the underserved, FNU is well suited to train nurses and midwives to go into those communities that continue to be marginalized—often minority communities. “The administration and faculty realize that providing care to diverse populations requires educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who are committed to returning to the diverse communities in which they live and have roots,” Harris says. To that end, the school is working to recruit more diverse students and faculty, in part through its recently launched, multifaceted PRIDE (Promoting Recruitment and Retention to Increase Diversity in Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Education) Program.
“FNU is a leader because it demonstrates the importance of educating a diverse workforce to meet the health care needs of an increasingly diverse population,” Harris says. “I am very proud to be associated with this institution.”
Find the full Take Pride Campaign article on MinorityNurse.com.
Learn more about FNU’s PRIDE diversity program at www.frontier.edu/PRIDE.
The Frontier Nursing University is a private, non-profit, non-residential graduate school of nursing offering community-based, distance education programs leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Science in Nursing Degree and/or post-master's certificates in advanced practice nursing specialties. Our mission is to educate nurses to become competent, entrepreneurial, ethical and compassionate nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who are leaders in the primary care of women and families with an emphasis on underserved and rural populations.