A true American Hero, Mary Breckinridge was the driving force behind rural healthcare in the United States, as well as the development of nurse-midwives in our country. When Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) in Eastern Kentucky, she introduced the first nurse-midwives to the United States. Riding horses up mountains, through fog, flood, or snow, FNS nurses brought modern healthcare to one of the poorest and most inaccessible areas in the country. Today, FNU is both a nationally and regionally accredited University with more than 1,700 students currently enrolled.
“Mrs. Breckinridge understood what it meant to be passionate about the care given to families and the knowledge imparted upon students,” says Frontier Nursing’s President Dr. Susan Stone.
“Today, Frontier is at the forefront of healthcare innovation and technology. We are continuing our long-standing mission and vision, while preparing our graduates to continue making an impact on healthcare nationwide and around the globe.”
Frontier prepares nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to provide care in all parts of the world, with a focus on rural and underserved areas. “Our students are drawn to the tradition of Frontier and its storied mission of service,” adds Dr. Stone.
The New Frontier
The amazing, landmark work started by Mary Breckinridge is leading our Pioneers for Healthcare toward 75 more years. Our graduates are taking Mrs. Breckinridge’s mission, passion and purpose into their own communities.
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When Mary Breckinridge founded Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky, she understood what it meant to be passionate about the care given to patients and the knowledge imparted upon students. Today, as a pioneer in graduate nursing and midwifery education, FNU remains at the forefront of innovation and technology, offering distance education to nurses with an interest in nurse-midwifery, family health, women’s health and psychiatric-mental health specialties.
FNU provides advanced educational preparation for nurses who seek to become nurse-midwives, family nurse practitioners, or women’s health care nurse practitioners by providing community-based distance graduate programs leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a post-master’s certificate, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
FNU proudly claims the following:
- More than 75 years of experience in graduate nursing and midwifery education
- Oldest and largest continually operating nurse-midwifery education program in the United States
- First family nurse practitioner program in the country
- Pioneered the first midwifery community based distance education program in the United States in 1989
- More than 4,000 nurses and midwives have graduated with advanced practice degrees
- Students and alumni represent every U.S. state and many foreign countries
- Named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Ranked by US News & World Report in the:
- Top 15 Family Nurse Practitioner Programs
- Top 30 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs