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Frontier Nursing University recently hosted its second annual Diversity Impact Weekend on its Hyden, Ky campus. This event brought together nurse-midwifery students, nurse practitioner students and alumni for fellowship, networking and discussion focused on diversity and leadership.
The event was established as part of FNU’s 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 for graduate nursing and midwifery education who will meet the healthcare demands of an increasingly diverse population.
The Diversity Impact Weekend united FNU faculty, staff and twenty students and alumni from across the United States to explore topics relevant to the importance of leadership and increasing diversity in the nursing and midwifery workforce. Travel stipends were provided to all attendees through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill presented the event’s keynote presentation, Different Worlds…Same Space. A session titled Race Matters was presented by Carol Taylor, MSW, Program Director for Comprehensive Family Services, at the University of Kentucky in addition to several other diversity and leadership focused sessions. Students and alumni also had the opportunity to present their own topics related to cultural beliefs and health issues in specific demographics.
“It is truly eye-opening and rewarding to see students from so many different backgrounds and cultures unite and share their perspectives and beliefs in an encouraging, open-minded environment,” said Kimberly Trammell, PRIDE Program Coordinator.
For more information on this event, please visit www.fronteir.edu or contact Brittney Edwards, marketing coordinator, at 859-253-3637 ext. 5015.
From Frontier Nursing University