This session is presented by Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech and FNU Chair for the Department of Family Nursing Dr. Lisa Chappell
This session is for current nurse practitioner students or anyone who is interested in becoming a nurse practitioner. Join Frontier Nursing University faculty and students to learn about the distance education journey. Get the inside scoop from a panel composed of current students from three specialty tracks including family nurse practitioner, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and women’s health care nurse practitioner. These students will discuss their experiences as graduate level nursing students in an online program.
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Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from Florida International University, her Doctor of Philosophy from Barry University and her post masters in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University Cincinnati. Dr. Alexander-Delpech has over 20 year of teaching in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She has incorporated several teaching initiatives in leadership and management in nursing, population-focused nursing, community health nursing and advanced psychiatric mental health. Most recently, she was recognized for her innovation in teaching and scholarship among her peers and was awarded the faculty superior accomplishment award.
Dr. Alexander-Delpech, is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She practices in a community-based behavioral health facility, where she utilizes telehealth to improve health for clients who do not have access to mental health services. Dr. Alexander-Delpech’s research and scholarship interests include international service-learning, global health and health disparities with an emphasis on the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora. Dr. Alexander-Delpech focus is on developing culturally appropriate breast cancer awareness initiatives to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) through high-quality community-based education and contemporary eHealth. Dr. Alexander-Delpech has established an impressive portfolio as a community-based scholar and has developed many community initiatives in underserved communities. Dr. Alexander-Delpech has also developed and lead many international study-abroad programs to the Caribbean and England, and has received many awards for her work in international service-learning.
Dr. Alexander-Delpech is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Executive Board. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, and a member of the South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses, and a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty. Dr. Alexander-Delpech currently lives in Miami, Florida, and is happily married to her husband Marshall for 38 years and together they have three children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Lisa Chappell is the Chair for the Department of Family Nursing for Frontier Nursing University. She has worked as faculty at Frontier Nursing University since January 2009 and has been the Department Chair since 2014.
Dr. Chappell has been a nurse for 45 years, including 25 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham as a Maternal-Infant Nurse Specialist and a second MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned a PhD in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in 2007.
Her clinical practice experience as a nurse practitioner includes rural clinics, emergency medicine, student health, a psychiatric facility, and correctional medicine. Dr. Chappell has over 22 years of teaching experience mostly at the graduate level with nurse practitioners.
Hailey Baker quickly found her passion for women’s healthcare while completing her BSN at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Her clinical programs focused on empowering underserved women in the local community and sustainable reproductive health programs in Zambia in southern Africa. This passion for women’s healthcare across the lifespan led to her first job as a labor and delivery nurse and then a fertility nurse at Seattle Reproductive Medicine in 2016.
The Seattle clinic became a second home to Hailey as she built meaningful relationships with the Physician and Nurse Practitioner team who inspired her to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree at Frontier Nursing University. Hailey completed her studies this past July 2020, amidst the challenges of the global pandemic Covid-19, and became a board-certified Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner.
In order to pursue this advanced degree and work full time at SRM, Hailey worked every weekend as the Weekend Nurse Manager which, despite a grueling schedule, taught her leadership skills and the “ins and outs” of clinic operation. This valuable experience and dedication to the clinic helped her land a job as a Fertility Nurse Practitioner where she focuses on preconception counseling, PCOS wellness, fertility preservation, donor insemination, and men’s reproductive health.
Hailey enjoys practicing advanced skills such as ultrasound and uterine evaluations while also providing empathetic and holistic care for patients in their unique fertility journeys. She is now incredibly excited to be starting her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project focusing on preconception counseling improving health outcomes prior to pregnancy.
When not working or doing her FNU coursework, Hailey is often found running – either out on the beautiful pacific northwest trails or with her many running groups – or relaxing with yoga, crafting, or weekend trips. As a Washington native, she is lucky to be surrounded by a wonderful large family and many life-long friends.
Timonthy Black was a paramedic for 30 years prior to serving as a flight nurse for 16 years. He has been the Director of Emergency Services for one year. Timonthy is currently in his final year for FNU’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program. His goal is to work in a rural area once he is finished with school. He is also a father to three amazing children.
Michele has been an RN for the past nine years working in a wide variety of fields from med-surg to Labor & Delivery to Mental Health. She graduated with a Master in Science of Nursing in September 2020 from FNU’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program.
Michele has worked in an outpatient community health center for the past five years and hopes to continue there as a PMHNP once she receives her license. Michele loves working with this population and serving the same community where she grew up. She currently lives in Lynchburg, VA, with her husband and five cats.
Genevieve Utley has been a registered nurse for 12 years. As a board-certified psychiatric RN, she worked mostly in community mental health with much of her career spent on Assertive Community Treatment teams. Genevieve received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Frontier Nursing University and is now a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Utley is in the last term of the Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at Frontier Nursing University. Genevieve works as a family nurse practitioner for Health Care for the Homeless in Minneapolis, MN.