Faculty Profile

Susan Stone, DNSc., FAAN, FACNM

  • Nurse-Midwife
  • Professor
  • President
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Biography

Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM has been working in field of reproductive health care for women for over 30 years. She has been an advocate for women seeking an emotional and physically satisfying childbirth. Her career began as an obstetrical nurse where she facilitated the opening of birthing rooms and introduced rooming in and sibling visits in a small rural community. She led the development of five outreach clinics in rural areas where women could receive pre-natal and post partum care in their own communities. She then pursued education as a certified nurse-midwife through the Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) distance education program. She practiced full scope midwifery care at Bassett Health Care in Cooperstown, New York from 1991 through 1998. During this time she precepted many nurse-midwifery students and worked to develop outreach clinical education sites for nurse-midwifery students in Upstate New York. Believing that having more nurse-midwives would ultimately serve the goal of satisfying birth experiences for women, she shifted her focus to the education of nurse-midwives. She relocated to Kentucky and served as the Program Director of the Frontier nurse-midwifery education program. She was appointed as President and Dean in 2001. She put the school on a trajectory that allowed it to achieve accreditation as a graduate institution offering Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Nursing degrees with a focus in nurse-midwifery, family nursing and women’s health care. During her tenure as President the School grew from 200 students to the current enrollment of over 1500 students. Believing that there are many nurses living in rural and underserved areas who would pursue graduate education as nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners if they did not have to leave their communities, the focus of the University is to offer distance education programs using the student’s community as the classroom. The University currently has students located in every state in the United States and in seven foreign countries. Dr. Stone continues in the role of FNU President with a goal of improving health care for families through increasing the number of well prepared nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners.

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