Brittney Edwards, Marketing Coordinator
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FNU Students and Alumni Unite to Focus on Increasing Diversity in Nursing at 3rd Annual PRIDE Diversity Impact Event
HYDEN, KENTUCKY: Frontier Nursing University (FNU) hosted its 3rd Annual PRIDE Diversity Impact Event on the FNU campus in Hyden, Kentucky, May 17-19, 2013. During this event, nearly 50 students, alumni, faculty and staff united for fellowship, networking, team building exercises, cultural awareness activities and open discussion forums related to increasing diversity in nursing and midwifery. This event provides programming for students to not only explore issues related to diversity in nursing but also to empower them to create positive change.
This year’s PRIDE Diversity Impact Event included sessions led by FNU President and Dean Susan Stone as well as keynote speakers, Maria Valentin-Welch, CNM, MPH and Mona Newsome Wicks, PhD, RN, FAAN. Maria Valentin-Welch serves as State Maternal Health Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She also chairs the Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC) and the Friends of MOCC and Ethnic Diversity Caucus for the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Mona Newsome Wicks is an instructor at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and also a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.
PhD, RN, FAAN
The annual Diversity Impact Event is planned as part of FNU’s PRIDE Program (Promoting Recruitment and Retention to Increase Diversity in Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Education), which was established to address the need to increase diversity within the nursing and midwifery workforce. The ultimate goal of the PRIDE Program is to recruit and retain qualified underrepresented students in our graduate school of nursing who will meet the health care demands of an increasingly diverse population.
Learn more about Diversity Impact at www.frontier.edu/DiversityImpact.
View photos from the event HERE.
Watch the keynote presentations HERE.
The PRIDE program is funded in part by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant. Learn more about PRIDE at www.frontier.edu/PRIDEprogram.
About Frontier Nursing University:
FNU is a graduate school of nursing located in Hyden, KY, which offers distance education programs for nurses to obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with specialty tracks for nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner and women’s health care nurse practitioner certifications.