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FNU Graduate and Student Recognized with Rural Health Awards
HYDEN, KENTUCKY – November 2012: A Frontier graduate and a Frontier DNP student were recognized with Rural Health Awards at the Texas Rural Health Association meeting on Oct. 31 in San Marcos, Texas. Deborah Skoruppa, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, received the “Rural Health Champion Award,” and Frontier DNP student Heather Swanson, MSN, CNM, FNP, was named the “Rural Health Student of the Year.”
Dr. Skoruppa has been a champion for serving the underserved, underinsured and impoverished residents in rural areas of Texas for many years. Her most recent effort was to develop and implement a pilot project in Robstown, Texas, for improving medication adherence by improving access to prescription drugs and patient education. This program started as her DNP capstone project, Bridging the Gap: Improving Medication Adherence in South Texas, and is now spreading to the community where she is collaborating with a local church to provide additional resources to patients.
Swanson received the Rural Health Student of the Year Award. For her project, she is designing a method to assure the viability and sustainability of Holy Family Services, a birth center just north of the Mexican border near Weslaco, Texas. Her project focuses on creating a plan for the financial stability of the birth center, thereby assuring that the clinic can continue to provide services to the 88 percent of residents in the surrounding area who live at or below the federal poverty guidelines. Her nominator said, “I can recommend Ms. Swanson as the Texas Rural Health Student of the Year without hesitation because of her commitment to the underserved populations surrounding the Weslaco area.”
Learn more about the Texas Rural Health Awards at http://www.trha.org/awards.htm.
Dr. Skoruppa (center) & Dr. Susan Calloway (right), FNU Course Faculty.
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.