Faculty Floor

Congratulations to KITTY ERNST, new President-Elect of the ACNM. As the founder of our online program and as Mary Breckinridge Chair, we’ve seen what a fabulous leader and visionary she is to the field, as well as to all of us at Frontier!

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Research, Presentations and Papers:

Congratulations to Mary R. Nichols, PhD, APRN, BC, FNP a FSMFN Faculty and Course Coordinator for her outstanding accomplishments in 2006:

PRESENTATIONS (* data based, + refereed)

Nichols, M. R. (2006, July). Prenatal maternal role transition: Primigravidae and multigravidae women. Paper presented at the 17th International Nursing Research Congress on Evidence-Based Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International. July19-22 Montreal, Canada. * +

Nichols, M.R. & Roux, G. M. (2006, June). Primigravidae and multigravidae women: Innovations in prenatal adjustment to motherhood. Paper presented at the 2006 AWHONN convention: Innovate, Lead, Care. June 24-28 Baltimore, MD. * +

Nichols, M.R. (2006, June). Assessing supportive care for the laboring woman: The Therapeutic Labor Support Inventory. Poster presented at the 2006 AWHONN Convention: Innovate, Lead, Care. June 24-28 Baltimore, MD. * +

Paper submitted/under review:

Nichols, M.R. & Roux, G.M. (2006). Primigravid and multigravid women: Prenatal perspectives. * + Under review.

Frontier Faculty Contributing Editors in A guide for Midwives and Women’s health providers:

Julie Marfell, ND, CS, FNP, FSMFN Department Chair of Family Nursing and Course Coordinator, and Deborah Karsnitz, MSN, CNMI, Course Coordinator both were contributing editors in a Chapter in a text book.

Wyner, E., Marfell, J., Karsnitz, D., & Rousseau M. E. (2007). Cardiovascular disease in women. In B. Hackley, J.M. Kriebs, & M.E. Rousseau (Eds.), Primary care of women: A guide for midwives and women’s health providers, (pp. 481-500). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Additionally, Deborah has become a member and co-coordinator for Postpartum Support International in Louisville Kentucky. She is currently a member of a new grassroots organization in Louisville for Postpartum Depression. The working group is comprised of professionals from Kentucky and Indiana with a common goal of decreasing, preventing, or getting women with postpartum depression to early treatment. The name of the organization is the Kentuckiana Postpartum Coalition.

To Learn more about this organization, please visit :

o www.chse.louisville.edu/postpartum07.html


Congratulations to:

Robin Jordan CNM PhD

Course Coordinator Antepartum Care CNEP/CFNP who recently graduated with a PhD in Health Sciences August 2006, from Touro University International
Her Dissertation was titled Preceptor Practice Behaviors and Midwife Student Self-Efficacy to Therapeutic Presence and Non-Intervention in the Absence of Complication
The purpose of the research was to describe the care practices of midwife preceptors, and explored its influence on student confidence, conceptualized as self-efficacy, in performing care practices congruent with midwifery philosophy. Two of the sixteen hallmarks of midwifery practice; Therapeutic Presence and Non-Intervention in the Absence of Complication; were chosen for the study. Data on preceptor practices, student motivation to become a midwife, and student confidence to perform hallmark behaviors were gathered from new midwifery program graduates of all US midwifery programs over a 12 month period. Results indicate that preceptor practice behaviors and student belief in the benefit of hallmark behaviors to laboring women are predictive of increased confidence to perform care practices congruent with midwifery hallmarks of care. Three papers based on this research are in manuscript phase for publication in nursing and midwifery journals.


Congratulations Trish McQuillin Voss, D.N.P., M.S.N., C.N.M.

Director, ADN to MSN Bridge on your outstanding accomplishments in 2006!

Presenter: So You Want to Be a Midwife? Concurrent session presentation on Advanced Nursing Education, Michigan Student Nurses Association Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI, February 9, 2007.

Presenter: Student Portfolio as an Indicator of Student Achievement of Course Outcome(s). Concurrent session presentation, National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, November 7, 2006.

Presenter: Innovative Graduate Educational Pathways for Associate Degree Nurses. Poster Presentation, National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, November 2006.

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Kathryn Osborne MSN CNM, FSMFN Course Coordinator, received the Region IV Award for Excellence (given yearly by the American College of Nurse Midwives).

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Francie Likis, DrPH, NP, CNM, who is a Frontier faculty member and graduate, became a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health in January 2007. She began working with JMWH as an Editorial Consultant in 2002. She became a Contributing Editor in 2003 and an Associate Editor in 2004. She encourages the Frontier community to submit to JMWH!

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