Frontier Nursing University announces keynote speaker for virtual commencement

VERSAILLES, Ky. (FNU Public Relations) – Dr. LaTonya J. Trotter, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, will be the keynote speaker at Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) 2021 commencement ceremony which will be held virtually, on Saturday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m.

A medical sociologist, ethnographer, and author, Dr. Trotter is the author of “More than Medicine: Nurse Practitioners and the Problems they Solve for Patients, Health Care Organizations, and the State.” The book, which was published in 2020, chronicles a group of nurse practitioners and the care they provide for four hundred Black older adults living with poor health and limited means. Dr. Trotter explores the care they provide and how it addresses medical, social, and systemic issues that are prevalent in underprivileged and underserved members of the community. Dr. Trotter has also been published in The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (2020), Social Currents (2019), and Gender & Society (2017).

On her website LaTonyaTrotter.com, Dr. Trotter states, “As a scholar, I take the prominence of health care seriously, using its terrain to understand how regimes of inequality are reproduced through the social construction of problems, patients, and professionals.”

Dr. Trotter was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, majoring in Sociology and American Studies. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from Princeton University.

She is currently an Associate Professor within the University of Washington’s Department of Bioethics and Humanities. Prior to her position at the University of Washington, Dr. Trotter was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. LaTonya Trotter as our keynote speaker at this year’s virtual commencement ceremony,” FNU President Dr. Susan Stone said. “Dr. Trotter’s extensive research and study of our nation’s healthcare disparities and the role that nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives can play in alleviating those disparities is so expertly explained in her published works. Her message will undoubtedly inspire our new graduates as they continue to serve those in their communities across the country.”

FNU’s commencement ceremony honors the nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who have completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Master in Science of Nursing degree, or Post-Graduate Certificate.

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