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Frontier Nursing University names program director

Jess Calohan, left, and Irma Jordan.

HYDEN, Ky. — Jess Calohan has been named the new director of Frontier Nursing University’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  program.

Calohan comes to FNU from George Washington University School of Nursing, where he was an assistant professor. He also is the owner and PMHNP at ClincWorksConsulting, a Telepsychiatry Company, in Potomac Falls, Va. and has served on the Distance Education and Accreditation Council in Washington, D.C., since 2013.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Calohan as the new director of our Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program,” said FNU President Susan Stone. “He brings a wealth of experience that will allow the program to proceed on the path of excellence as it continues to develop, grow and ultimately provide clinicians who will serve those most in need of mental health services.”

A retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Army, Calohan served the military in a variety of medical positions for 20 years. Most recently, he was the program chair and assistant professor of the PMHNP program in the Graduate School of Nursing at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., from 2013-17.

His distinguished military record includes a long list of awards, including a Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, and eight Army Commendation Medals.

Calohan’s professional activities include memberships in the American Association for Men in Nursing, the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association.

“I am honored to accept the PMHNP director position at FNU,” Dr. Calohan said. “I have long been impressed by FNU’s organizational values, model, and the success of its programs. I am excited to lead this program and continue FNU’s legacy of preparing outstanding students to provide excellent healthcare in their communities.”

FNU’s PMHNP program is further strengthened by the naming of Irma Jordan as the permanent PMHNP clinical director effective in the 2019 spring term. Jordan has been serving a dual role as both the PMHNP Clinical Director and the Family Nurse Practitioner program Clinical Director, but will focus her attention entirely on the rapidly-growing PMHNP program moving forward.

FNU’s PMHNP program launched in January 2017. A PMHNP is an advanced practice nurse that seeks to improve mental health care and the overall health status of communities. With a focus on lifetime care for individuals, PMHNPs are committed to promoting mental health through assessment, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral problems, mental disorders and comorbid conditions.