Media Release – For immediate release
Contact: Kimberly Trammell,
Student Services Coordinator / PRIDE Coordinator
PRIDE Deans Convening:
Changing the Future of Nursing Education Together
HYDEN, KY – Nursing school leaders from across the United States recently attended the Deans Convening at the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing as part of the school’s PRIDE program, an initiative to increase diversity in the field of nursing. This event served as a catalyst for the school’s efforts to partner with institutions around the country to provide graduate education opportunities for nurses in rural and medically underserved areas.
With funding from a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant, FSMFN established the PRIDE Program (Promoting Recruitment and Retention to Increase Diversity in Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Education). 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 healthcare demands of an increasingly diverse population. Frontier offers a master of science in nursing with specialty tracks for nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner and women’s health care nurse practitioner certifications. The school also offers a doctor of nursing practice program for nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners.
The Deans Convening was held April 5 and 6 on the historical campus of FSMFN in Hyden, Ky. This event attracted representatives from colleges and universities in Texas, Arizona and Mississippi. Participants included Cherrie Evans, MSN, FNP-C, APRN, director of nursing at Central Arizona College; Bertie Almendarez, PhD, RN, nurse education chair at Del Mar College; Mary Jane Hamilton, PhD, RN, dean and professor of nursing at the College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Texas A & M-Corpus Christi; LaWanda Herron, PhD, MSA, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, assistant director and instructor at Holmes Community College; and Rebekah L. Valdez, RNC, MSN, CNM, an associate professor of nursing at Lone Star College-Cyfair.
During this event, participants toured the campus and stayed at Wendover, the historical home of Mary Breckinridge, who founded the Frontier School in 1939. The participants were greeted by Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, president and dean; Julie Marfell, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, associate dean for family nursing; Stephanie Boyd, director of recruitment and retention; Kimberly Trammell, PRIDE program coordinator; Debra Turner, student services coordinator; and Michael Claussen, development coordinator. Guests were treated to a traditional southern dinner. Participants learned more about Frontier’s extensive history and advanced practice nursing programs delivered via online distance education combined with a community-based clinical practicum.
Attendees took part in a roundtable discussion, addressing such issues as using demographic data to identify at-risk students; targeting recruitment efforts to underrepresented students; strategies for developing students’ local support networks; and proactive retention efforts.
The information shared laid the groundwork for a partnership with each institution. The goal of partnership is to provide students from PRIDE partner institutions with educational and networking opportunities and financial savings that will make the students’ transitions to advanced practice education seamless.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to work with institutions from around the country to increase the diversity of the nurse- midwifery and nurse practitioner healthcare work force” said Susan Stone. “It was a pleasure to meet with nursing institutions that share in our enthusiasm for this initiative and we look forward to the further development of the program.”
For more information about this event or the PRIDE program, please contact Stephanie Boyd, director of recruitment and retention, at (502) 220-4444, or Kimberly Trammell, Student Services Coordiantor / PRIDE program Coordinator, at (859) 253-3637, ext. 5009 or visit www.frontierschool.edu/deansconvening.