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Frontier Nursing University awards advanced degrees and honorary doctorates at annual graduation ceremony
HYDEN, KENTUCKY – November 2012: Frontier Nursing University (FNU), a graduate school of nursing and midwifery since 1939, hosted its 2012 graduation ceremony in Hyden, Ky., on Saturday, Oct. 27. Over the past year, nearly 400 advanced-practice nurses and nurse-midwives from almost every state across the nation, with thirty-eight from FNU’s home state of Kentucky, have completed an FNU distance-education program. The commencement ceremony, held in Hyden, Ky, the home of the historic FNU campus, was attended by 141 graduates along with 80 faculty, 43 staff members and over 500 guests.
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 1400. 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.
FNU President and Dean Susan Stone presided over the commencement ceremony, warmly welcoming the graduates and their friends and family. Degrees were conferred on graduates of FNU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program as well as Master of Science in Nursing candidates who completed the Nurse-Midwifery, Family Nurse Practitioner or Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner specialty tracks. Barbara Safriet, JD, LLM, delivered the commencement address. Safriet is a Visiting Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and lecturer at Yale Law School.
As part of this year’s commencement ceremony, honorary doctorate degrees were presented to three women whose leadership has furthered the nursing profession and the careers of advanced practice registered nurses and midwives. Among the honorees were Helen E. Browne, Judith Pence Rooks and keynote commencement speaker Barbara Safriet. The late Helen E. Browne served as Director of the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) for 11 years from 1965-1975. Under her leadership the FNU educational program was expanded to combine family nursing and nurse-midwifery into one integrated curriculum. Judith Pence Rooks is an internationally recognized nurse-midwife and epidemiologist with a long career in public health. She has shaped the education of healthcare professionals everywhere, and she has shined the light of scientific evidence on important issues to improve the health and welfare of women and the midwifery profession. Barbara Safriet, a native of eastern Kentucky and a longtime champion of nurse practitioners and advanced practice registered nurses and midwives, has lectured and written extensively about the role of nurse practitioners and has advocated regulatory change to expand their scope of practice. She also contributed a chapter to the Institute of Medicine’s report on The Future of Nursing.
For more information, contact Brittney Edwards, Marketing Coordinator, at 859-899-2515 or visit the Frontier Nursing University web site at www.frontier.edu.