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Frontier Nursing University finalizes purchase of Versailles campus; Fall 2018 target for students

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has finalized the purchase of the Versailles campus of The United Methodist Children’s Home and adjacent property. The properties have been under contract since March 2016, but the actual purchase has been postponed while The Methodist Home of Kentucky built their new facility in Nicholasville.

FNU, which has maintained a campus in Hyden since its founding in 1939, as well as administrative offices in Lexington, will be moving staff offices as well as all on-campus student activities to the newly purchased property in Versailles. The move will allow FNU to better serve students and continue its longstanding commitment to the mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to provide healthcare to women and families with a focus on those in rural and underserved areas.

FNU will maintain operation of the Wendover property including the Wendover Bed & Breakfast Inn, a national historic landmark the historic log cabin home of FNU founder Mary Breckinridge, in Wendover near Hyden.

The new campus is located in a rural setting less than ten minutes from the Lexington Blue Grass Airport and accessible from major highways. The campus will allow for increased accessibility, more cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities and enhanced lodging for students and faculty.

FNU’s vision is that the opening of the Versailles campus will permanently establish Frontier Nursing University as a leader and national model of excellence for distance learning for advanced nursing and midwifery education. In addition to hosting students, the new campus can be used as a national level primary care and women’s health think tank for gathering leaders in the nursing and midwifery field for national and regional meetings.

FNU expects renovations on the campus to begin later this year with the administrative offices moving to the Versailles campus in late spring or early summer of 2018. The target date for students to begin attending orientations and clinical sessions on the Versailles campus is fall 2018.

The move to the new campus will allow FNU to continue to expand enrollment — currently over 2,000 students — and also improve program offerings in order to meet the growing demand for access to quality healthcare nationwide, especially in rural and underserved areas. FNU will continue to recruit, educate, and graduate nurses to increase access to quality healthcare for rural and underserved communities.

FNU’s founder Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service and what is Frontier Nursing University today as part of her demonstration project to provide care to women and families with a focus on those in rural and underserved areas. FNU is focused on educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to serve families with an emphasis on rural and underserved to keep Breckinridge’s vision alive. FNU moved to a community-based distance education delivery in 1989 and has since been offering all programs in this format.

The goal is to reach nurses in rural and underserved areas allowing access to graduate education to become nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners and in turn better serve their communities. Mary Breckinridge’s vision of increasing access to healthcare and improving lives of families is now accomplished worldwide through the work of FNU graduates who are leaders in advanced nursing and midwifery care.

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