Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing-FNP Program - page 2

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Hi all, I am thinking about applying to Frontier for the FNP Program. While I have read and heard great things about the midwifery program, I haven't heard much about the FNP Program. I would appreciate any feedback from... Read More


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    Quote from colleenm
    Hi Barb. I am in my 4th semester of an ADN program, and my goal is ultimately to be a FNP. I have read several threads on allnurses.com regarding Frontier School. It seems like a wonderful place, and a great online learning environment. There are many programs throughout the country (both online or face-to-face). I'm just wondering if you will share why you decided on Frontier. You see, I have heard from many people that you should go for the school with the biggest/most easily recognized name. Not to take anything away from Frontier, but many people I've asked about it have never heard of it. From what I've read here, and the passion I've heard people on allnurses speak about Frontier I would love to go there. I just worry about being marketable when all is said and done, and wonder if the degree from Frontier would be as well respected (to a future employer that is) as one from, say, University of Illinois or University of Wisconsin. Is there some information someone could point me to that details what the nursing world thinks of Frontier's credentials?
    I can't speak for Frontier, but having had previous degrees in music I can say there will always be someone who cares about the "name". In music it was Juilliard, Eastman, Indiana, etc. I'm sure it's the same in nursing. But at the end of the day there are a HECK of a lot more jobs in nursing than there will EVER be in music. Because of that alone, I would venture to guess that if you are smart, qualified, have a good resume, and sell yourself you will look just as good as any applicant from a top tier school. Sure, there might people some people that look at a name on a resume and assume things, but you know what they say about ASS-U-ME-ing. I think that as technology improves, people get busier, and more of us get degrees online name recognition will come with these smaller schools. If it is a good school, I say go for it. Just my

    P.S. I've never heard of any of the schools you mentioned as being top schools for nursing. Maybe I'm ignorant, or maybe I just measure schools by a different standard. my:
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    In my humble opinon Frontier's name and reputation is widely know in the advanced practice nursing community. You will quickly realize this when accepted to the program and attend frontier bound. Some facts about the program: The FNP and Midwifery (top 10) program have consistantly ranked amongst the top grad schools in their respective catagories. Also, the heritage, tradition, and commitment Frontier comes from is second to none. After all, they were this country's first midwifery and family nursing program. If you want to learn more about the tradition google "Mary Breckenridge". She was the founder of the school and Frontier Nursing Service. Best of luck on your journey..........
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    Frontier is HIGHLY respected and they are the VERY first in the country to offer education to prepare nurses as nurse-midwives and FNP's.As a matter of fact, a physician first told me about their history and about Mary Breckinridge. He was awestruck by the Frontier Nursing Service. Our class was given the honor of having an evening meal in the home of Mary Breckinridge and hearing a recording of her! Please look at their website. I researched many schools and have a high GPA and lots of experience, so I could really go just about anywhere. Frontier was tops in ALL of my criteria. They offer a rigorous education while also providing and fostering relationships with faculty and students. They truly embrace the human connection. To me, in this age of technology, Frontier upholds and maintains the importance of why we do what we do...the patient. By fostering a supportive learning environment and encouraging students to bond and work together, they are educating compassionate,extremely well-prepared practitioners who listen to each other and who listen to the patient.I am so grateful to be a part of this incredible history and feel most fortunate to be educated by such an excellent group of highly-educated, dynamic, supportive and creative professors! I encourage those interested to check out the website for our school. I am also happy to be availalble to anyone with questions.
    All the best,
    Barb
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    I'm not an alumni of Frontier but had heard many positive comments when I was thinking of grad school. They have an excellent reputation.
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    To all of you who responded to my post - THANK YOU! I appreciate you taking the time to share your feelings and knowledge. I love this forum!

    Barb & TraumaRN - would it be OK if I pm'd each of you with some specific questions?
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    Anytime.
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    I am also thinking of applying here next year will be interested in hearing how it all goes
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    Colleenm....pm me anytime. I have nothing but rave reviews about my school! My advisor actually responded to an e-mail from me. It was a nothing e-mail. But, she took the time to let me know she is here for me. How many grad schools do that? This school isn't merely "lip-service". They REALLY do care as human beings.This tells me that this school not only fosters relationships with fellow nurses, but with our patients. This school empowers us as practitioners and it empowers patients. Frontier has it over ANY grad school.
    Barb
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    ms sheesh,
    I have also applied for Class 73. Crossing my fingers and toes for the both of us!
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    Hi Sugah,

    I haven't uncrossed my fingers or toes yet but now that I know you're applying as well, then I'll cross them even tighter. Isn't it torture to know that we have to wait two more months before we can get a reply? Did you have your interview yet?


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