HYDEN, KY--(Marketwired - February 17, 2014) - Dr. Julie Marfell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP has been named as the new Dean of Nursing at Frontier Nursing University and recently began serving in this new role. Dr. Marfell follows Dr. Susan Stone who has served as both President and Dean for twelve years. With the increasing growth of the University, the decision was recently made to split the roles of president and dean to better serve the educational needs of the increasing student population. Dr. Stone will continue in the role of President while Dr. Marfell will take on the role of Dean.
Dr. Marfell has led FNU's family nursing program for 14 years serving as Department Chairperson of Family Nursing for 10 years and as Associate Dean for Family Nursing for 3 years. Dr. Marfell has an extensive background in nursing education, nursing leadership and as a family nursing practitioner. She earned degrees from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO and Rush University in Chicago, IL. She has been a certified family nurse practitioner for 19 years.
Dr. Marfell shares, "I am very proud to have the opportunity to be the Dean of Nursing at Frontier Nursing University. Nurse-Midwives and Nurse Practitioners are needed now more than ever to meet the predicated shortage of health care providers and increase access to quality health care. We are continuing our tradition of preparing registered nurses to provide excellent care to women and families with our new MSN + DNP curriculum that begins in January of 2014. The faculty members at FNU are leaders in education and are all certified in their professional specialties. I am excited to be leading this faculty as they educate our students to begin their careers as nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners."
With the two separate roles of President and Dean, FNU is better poised to serve its increasing student body, with current enrollment at more than 1500. The leadership transition will allow the University to focus more on strategic education goals in addition to fostering the innovative, student-focused, family-like environment that it strives to provide.
Frontier Nursing University was named a 2013 "Great College to Work For" by the Chronicle of Higher Education, receiving multiple honors based completely on faculty and staff surveys.
Frontier Nursing University's Mission:
Frontier Nursing University is a private, non-profit, non-residential graduate school of nursing offering community-based, distance education programs leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Science in Nursing Degree and/or post-master's certificates in advanced practice nursing specialties. Our mission is to educate nurses to become competent, entrepreneurial, ethical and compassionate nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who are leaders in the primary care of women and families with an emphasis on underserved and rural populations.
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