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Featured Preceptor            

Sandy BlaserCNM
Magee Womancare Associates, Pittsburgh, PA

MARCH 10, 2017  - We are happy to announce that Ms. Sandy Blaser, CNM, from Pittsburgh, PA, is our featured preceptor this winter term. Please read the full story here.
 

 

 

 

 

Featured Preceptor Archive

Erin CroneFNP
Pullman & Ariza PediatricsWashingtonDC

 

DEC. 5, 2016  - Congratulations to Ms. Erin Crone of Washington, DC, our featured preceptor this fall term.  Ms. Crone was nominated by former student, Marzi Viverette (FNP class 109, spring 2016 graduate) and faculty member, Dr. Amy Nassar, who describes Ms. Crone as “truly outstanding.”  Dr. Nassar praises Ms. Crone’s usage of evidence based care which “helps our FNU students learn how to treat illnesses and conditions according to guidelines.”

Marzi goes on to praise her former preceptor: “Erin was an amazing preceptor. She was a patient teacher who always took the time to answer all my questions and help guide me during my pediatric clinicals.  She was very understanding through my life’s ups and downs and was always extremely approachable.  She had a way of explaining things that just made sense. She was always positive and encouraging.  She gave great advice for life after school.” 

Erin has been working in pediatric primary care with Pullman & Ariza Pediatrics since just after graduating from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies -  almost seven years ago.  Erin typically sees a mix of well visits from newborn to college age and also a variety of sick visits on a daily basis.  The clinic serves a wide range of ethnicities and different family structures. Erin started precepting NP students in January 2012 because she enjoys teaching one-on-one.  Precepting gives Erin the ability to provide a comprehensive learning experience in pediatrics. 

Ms. Crone will receive a Starbucks gift card as a small token of our appreciation for her being a great preceptor.


Starla Leete, CNM

Health Dimensions Clinic, Rock Springs, WY
 

Recent graduate, Mandi Lew, celebrates her 40th birth with our featured preceptor, Starla Leete (left)

SEPT. 1, 2016  - We are happy to announce that Ms. Starla Leete, CNM, from Rock Springs, Wyoming is our featured preceptor this summer term. We are proud to call Ms. Leete one of our own; she is a 2003 graduate of Frontier with certificates in both Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Care. Ms. Leete was nominated by former student, Mandi Lew, with whom she is now partnered with at Health Dimensions Clinic (formerly of College Hill Health Center which was the first CNM office in Wyoming). Mrs. Lew is also a certified nurse-midwife and a 2015 graduate of FNU.

Ms. Leete was the first CNM in Southwestern Wyoming and, “has created a very positive attitude toward midwifery in our community,” says Mrs. Lew who was her first CNEP preceptee. They have recently settled into a new practice, Health Dimensions Clinic, which will cater to all women’s needs, including obstetrics, gynecology, primary care, and aesthetics. Until just recently, Ms. Leete was the only female women's health care provider to offer OB-GYN services in Rock Springs. In addition to being active in both her community and the ACNM, Ms. Leete is a proud mother of 3 boys. Her hobbies include travel, reading, and exercise.
Rock Springs is a small city in southwestern Wyoming with a population just under 25,000; it has a rich history in natural gas, coal, and trona mining.

Ms. Leete will receive a Starbucks gift card as a small token of our appreciation for her being a great preceptor.


Bernie JusticeAPRN
Pediatric Associates of Pikeville, Pikeville, KY

 

APRIL 29, 2016  - We are happy to announce that Ms. Bernie Justice, APRN, from Pikeville, KY is our featured preceptor this spring term. RCF Melanie Morrison eagerly nominated Ms. Justice for this honor, and says, “Bernie has willingly served so many students that I have now lost count. Despite the time constraints of a busy practice, Bernie has graciously given of her time and shared her expertise with FNU students from Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. Bernie serves as a role model and consistently promotes clinical and professional competency. She actively engages students in the guided experience of applying knowledge to practice. Bernie's "gift" of precepting is priceless.”

Embodying Frontier’s mission of serving the rural and underserved populations, Ms. Justice has been a nurse for 25 years, and has been providing care as a nurse practitioner in pediatrics since 2009 in the Eastern Kentucky region of Pikeville. She is board certified by the ​American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Pikeville, with a population just under 7,0000, is located approximately 80 miles from Hyden, on the far eastern side of Kentucky, near the Kentucky-Virginia border. 

Ms. Justice’s former preceptees have been quick to offer their preceptor praise. Kristie Senters, FNP class 121 describes Bernie as “truly a gifted provider and mentor” and calls her “patient and kind in the most demanding situations.” Amanda Farmer, FNP class 118, describes her as “a wonderful teacher.” 

Sharon Deel, FNP class 112, appreciated the rapport she was able to build with Ms. Justice: “My experience with pediatrics was limited and I was a little nervous but she talked me through the first couple of exams and I was at ease. I also admire how she remembers her patients and spends time talking with them and their parents which is a perfect example of developing a trusting relationship.”

Ms. Justice will receive a Texas Roadhouse gift card as a small token of our appreciation for her being a great preceptor.

 

Elizabeth (Beth) Bramlett, CNM
Women's Health Care, Tampa, FL

MARCH 7, 2016  - We are happy to announce that Ms. Beth Bramlett, CNM, from Tampa, FL is our featured preceptor this winter term. Ms. Bramlett provides full scope midwifery care for the patients of the Tampa Family Health Care System. RCF Meghan Garland reports that Beth and her site is very generous in taking Frontier students, and this kind and gentle preceptor is “universally loved and respected by her students”. She excels at teaching hand skills like identifying fetal landmarks during labor. Her enthusiasm and love for midwifery is inspiring. The FQHC where she see dozens of patients daily is a bustling, busy place but she takes the time to make every woman feel special. Her students feel that way too.” 


One such student that feels that way is alumnus, Melanie Combs, CNEP class 101/September 2014 graduate, who nominated her former preceptor for this special honor. Melanie goes on to describe Beth as “an amazing asset to my learning, and to my life. Beth never loses her amazing energy and personality. Even when I felt like I'd never get it, Beth was right there encouraging and helping me to understand. I feel so blessed to have called her my preceptor, a colleague and most importantly, a friend. There were a few weeks that we saw each other more than our husbands, so having found such a great friend in her was such a blessing!” 

Melanie recently joined the practice of Women’s Health Care herself, and since she completed her clinicals there, she says, “it was like coming home!” 

CNEP class 119/January 2016 graduate Kristin Nobles who just recently completed clinicals with Beth, also praises her former preceptor. Kristin says, “The compassion, knowledge, and evidence based care she provides grounded my faith in this profession and reminded me that midwifery-led care does positively change the culture of healthcare.”

Ms. Bramlett will receive a Starbucks gift card as a small token of our appreciation for her being a great preceptor.

 

Erin Bjork, APRN, CNP
Centracare Health System, Melrose, MN

DECEMBER 6, 2015 - We are delighted to honor Ms. Erin Bjork, APRN, CNP, from Melrose, MN, as our featured preceptor this term. Ms. Bjork has been a preceptor with Frontier since 2011 and has taken on numerous students, with another student slated to begin winter term. She has precepted students on very short notice for Frontier, and responds immediately to calls for urgent placement from our Minnesota RCF, Nancy Pesta Walsh. Ms. Bjork provides full scope NP practice, from pediatrics to elderly, in a small, rural, central Minnesota city where she has served her community for over eight years. In addition, she provides care to a large Hispanic immigrant population. Her employer, Centracare Health System, is recognized as a National Health Service Corps site (NHSC) and a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). CentraCare has a strong influence in central Minnesota and works hard to keep clinics and hospitals in small towns and improve health care for those rural communities. Ms. Bjork is part of this effort, as well.
 

Recent graduate, Heather Christenson, FNP student class 116, describes Ms. Bjork as "instrumental in my learning as a nurse practitioner." She goes on to describe Ms. Bjork as "efficient and caring, truly listening and explaining things to her patients."  

Ms. Bjork will receive a Starbucks giftcard as a small token of our appreciation for her being a great preceptor.


 
Recent graduate, Michelle Walker, celebrates
her 40th birth with our featured preceptor, Jessica Nagel (right)
 

Jessica Nagel, CNM
Sutter West Women’s Health & Sutter Davis Hospital, Davis, CA

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 - We are delighted to announce Jessica Nagel, CNM, of Davis, CA as this summer’s featured preceptor. Ms. Nagel, CNEP 47 and a 2008 graduate of Frontier, is a full scope nurse-midwife at Sutter West Women’s Health and Sutter Davis Hospital. The patient population in this semi-rural community outside of Sacramento is very diverse. In addition, the Sutter Davis midwives share call with the Davis Community Clinic which is a Federally Qualified Health Center and serves a diverse, low-income, and uninsured/underinsured patient population. Michelle Walker, recent CNEP 99 graduate, enthusiastically nominated her former preceptor and praises her as committed to helping student nurse-midwives have a thorough, hands-on clinical experience [by] allowing her students to jump right in and learn by doing.
 

Ms. Nagel and other Sutter Davis midwives were recently featured in the new documentary, "The Mama Sherpas" about the growing movement of collaborative care between physicians and midwives. Ms. Nagel narrates the trailer and a quick shot of her working with a collaborative OB can be seen at the one minute mark. FNU is proud to call Ms. Nagel one of our graduates and we appreciate the good work she does on behalf of mothers and families. 

Ms. Nagel will receive a Starbucks giftcard as a small token of our appreciation for her being a great preceptor.

 


LaTicia Tharrington, ANP
Warren County Free Clinic in Warrenton, NC

JUNE 11, 2015 - We are honored to announce that Ms. Tharrington, ANP, is this spring term’s featured preceptor.  She was nominated by RCF Denise Orrill and former student and 2014 graduate, Catina Rieves (FNP class 109).  Ms. Tharrington recently purchased Primary Care of St. Pauls, NC, but had worked as the medical director at the Warren County Free Clinic in Warrenton, NC for over 10 years.   Catina Rieves shares this touching tribute of her former preceptor:
 

Ms. Tharrington had a posting on EPNetwork offering to precept a nurse practitioner student.   I remember interviewing with her; she had me shaking in my skin.  This was my last clinical site, but the first one who interviewed me!  I was sure that I got every question wrong.  To my surprise she offered me a slot to work under her at the Warren County Free Clinic.  Later, I would learn why she was so strict about the type of student that she accepted. 

I understand the concept of understanding the disease process but Ms. Tharrington thinks you should be able to draw it!  I call her the "patho junkie".  She had a white board that she would love to draw diagrams on. You would be in the middle of a discussion and she would walk past you and go to the white board. The other student and I would silently cringe.   We loved being there together for the two in one effect.

Another quality I loved about Ms. Tharrington was how she let her students take over the patient, and she would never rush us.  When we presented the case, she would always say, "So what are you going to do?"  If you decided to order a medication, she would nicely slide over her script pad.  After you finished writing the script (so you thought), she would nicely slide over a new, blank one so that you could do it over, the correct way. How quickly you realize that electronic charting is a luxury.   

At the Warren County Free Clinic, Ms. Tharrington was the sole provider for the uninsured of this county.  Not only did you have to treat the patient and coordinate their care, but you also have to find a way to fund it.  The population served here are in a rural county with a very high unemployment rate.   I was honored to witness her struggle between remaining in this clinic and venturing off to open her own practice.  In May 2015, Ms. Tharrington opened her own practice, realizing a lifelong dream. 

 

Because of Ms. Tharrington’s steadfast guidance, I have been able to convert my Registered Nursing position into one of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner with confidence.  Today I am a Commissioned Officer with the United States Public Health Service stationed at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, NC.

Ms. Tharrington will receive a Starbucks giftcard as a small token of our appreciation for her being a great preceptor.
 


 

 

Susan Nilsen, CNM, and her Team of Nurse-Midwives

University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX

MARCH 11, 2015 - We are thrilled to honor not just ONE preceptor, but a family of preceptors at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, as our featured preceptors this term. The UTMB team was nominated by course faculty member and former RCF Diana Jolles, RCF Niessa Meier, Clinical Credentialing Coordinator Jodi Dickey, and numerous students. For many years, UTMB has provided Frontier midwifery students with an incredible experience studying with part of their interprofessional team. Under the leadership of Frontier 1997 graduate, Dr. Susan Nilsen (CNEP class 12), students study with a team of incredible preceptors. Students benefit by learning to serve a marginalized population of women and families living in the Houston metro area. Students learn how to function as a midwifery leader within an academic teaching institution, mentoring medical students and residents. Within this setting, midwives function as attending providers, offering the students an opportunity to understand the importance and value of midwives within teaching hospitals.

To highlight the high quality precepting using examples from FNU students:

From Maud van de Wiele, CNEP class 83
“I love Susan Nilsen. She taught me more in 6 weeks than others could have in a lifetime. I am so proud to call her a friend and colleague but most of all mentor and teacher and I will forever be grateful for the experience.”

From Carol Bohrer, CNEP class 77
“My primary preceptor in my IP clinical experience is Laureen Knorr. . .Under her tutelage, I have improved my skills exponentially, and my confidence has blossomed.”

From Amy Beckmann, CNEP class 88
“Being with Laureen was a God send. When I started this midwifery journey, I did not understand nor appreciate out of hospital birth. . .I never had any intention of working anywhere other than in a hospital setting. . .Laureen made the transition to hospital remarkable for me. I have gotten to care for a large number of natural labor clients here at UTMB. Laureen is not overly aggressive with interventions which is incredible. Laureen made this site, my last stepping stone, doable!”

The UTMB team will receive several Starbucks gift cards as a small token of our appreciation for their wonderful service to FNU students.


 

Dr. Severson (on right) is pictured here with FNP student Lindsey Wells, class 103.

 

Cherese Severson, DNP, FNP-BC

Saint Alphonsus Medical Group in Nampa, Idaho

DECEMBER 8, 2014 - We are thrilled to honor Dr. Cherese Severson, DNP, FNP-BC, of Nampa, ID, as our featured preceptor this term. Lindsey Wells, FNP student class 103, says that Dr. Severson "allows for a comfortable learning environment in which the student can flourish and gain confidence in their abilities to become a practitioner." Dr. Severson has been an advocate for independent practice not only in the state of Idaho, but nationwide. She is the co-chair of the Idaho Nursing Action Coalition (INAC), which advocates state and nationally for independent practice for APRNs. She has taken FNU students over the past 4 years and, as per her policy, only takes FNU students as she believes that, "FNU students are the best prepared when it comes to clinic." Recently Dr. Severson expanded her competency to include antepartum in part to assist FNU students in obtaining the required elements for this population.

Dr. Severson’s lifespan care includes vulnerable and high risk patients. She regularly publishes health education articles in the Idaho Press Tribune on current topics that affect the public's health. Her roles and accolades are numerous and include AANP Idaho State Representative for 5 years, AANP NP Award for Clinical Excellence, publications in JAANP (The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners), and the first nurse practitioner speaker for the International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, held in Dalian, China in 2013, among others.

Amanda Dozier, FNP student class 113, says that Dr. Severson "goes above and beyond the call of duty for her preceptees. These extras include a dermatology procedures day hosted at her home for area FNU students. She is encouraging, complimentary, and loves to educate her students. Yet, she provides suggestions for improvement and helps us think through our assessments and our plans to be sure we aren't missing anything. She's willing to give us our wings while providing a soft landing place if we fall. She is truly one of a kind."

Dr. Severson will receive a Starbucks gift card as a small token of our appreciation for her being a great preceptor.


Amber Evans, MSN, CNM

The Women's Center Ob/Gyn in Pennsylvania

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 - We are thrilled to honor Ms. Amber Evans, CNM, of Coatesville, PA, as our featured preceptor this term. Ms. Evans, CNEP Class 55, is a 2009 graduate of Frontier. Ms. Evans was nominated by one of her students, as well as RCF, Ms. Metta Cahill, and Program Director of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Dr. Tonya Nicholson. Ms. Evans was recognized in Denver at ACNM’s annual meeting as FNU's midwifery preceptor of the year. Ms. Evans has always been willing to precept FNU students, even those who have had an unsatisfactory experience in a previous clinical site and arrive feeling insecure and lacking confidence. Ms. Evans has been described as warm, respectful, fair, consistent, and flexible. She is welcoming from the start and remains patient, supportive and encouraging. She has high expectations of students and communicates those clearly. She challenges their medical knowledge with queries such as “What do you want to do here?” and keeps them on their toes in a friendly way, and provides the hands-on clinical opportunities to learn procedural skills. If the student is not performing as expected, she is also not afraid to address the issue. She alerts the University and the student to the pertinent issues, helps the student identify a plan of remediation and remains open to improved student performance.

We all remember significant mentors in our own lives. There is no doubt that Amber Evans will always be remembered by those who have been fortunate enough to learn under her expert tutelage. Ms. Evans will receive a Starbucks gift card as a small token of our appreciation for her being a great preceptor.