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Diversity Impact Event Serves to Educate Nurses on Diversity Issues to Improve Patient Care Frontier Nursing University Hosts 4th Annual Event
HYDEN, KY – Frontier Nursing University (FNU) hosted its 4th Annual PRIDE Diversity Impact Event on the FNU campus in Hyden, Kentucky, June 6-8, 2014. Nearly 60 students, alumni, faculty and staff united for fellowship, networking and to participate in leadership discussions related to increasing diversity in nursing and midwifery. This event provides programming for students to explore issues related to diversity and cultural awareness and also to empower them to find their voice for social change. This year’s Diversity Impact marked the first time that a male student has attended the event.
This year’s PRIDE Diversity Impact Event was led by FNU President Susan Stone and Dean of Nursing Julie Marfell. Education sessions were led by FNU faculty members addressing a range of diversity topics from obesity, health disparities, ageism, gender, family wellness, nutrition and physical fitness. The keynote session was led by Dr. Debra J. Barksdale, Associate Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Barksdale is a certified family nurse practitioner, adult nurse practitioner, nurse educator and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing. Learn more about Dr. Barksdale here.
Attendees enjoyed a special guest appearance by global maternal health advocate and model, Christy Turlington Burns Mrs. Turlington Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts, an organization that informs, engages and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds to support maternal health programs around the world. Diversity Impact participants learned about health disparities affecting women worldwide and how they can improve women’s health as nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners and make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Visit www.everymothercounts.org to learn more about the organization.
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.
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.