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About Frontier Nursing Service

In 1925, Mary Breckinridge founded the Frontier Nursing Service as a nonprofit organization devoted to providing comprehensive, primary health care to families in rural and underserved areas. It continues to provide service through the Mary Breckinridge Hospital—a licensed critical access hospital—five rural health care clinics, a home health agency and the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing.

The Frontier Nursing Service directs an internship called the Courier Program for those interested in health care and education. Couriers assist with everyday operations and special projects, and are offered the chance to shadow nurse-midwives and/or family nurse practitioners and physicians, observing direct patient care in a rural environment. Couriers also volunteer on projects with organizations such as Hospice, Adult Learning Center, Leslie County Public Schools, Food Pantry and the Rape Crisis Center.


All applicants must be high school graduates over the age of 18. Candidates must hold a valid driver’s license and are required to provide their own vehicles for personal use. A $42 a week housing fee is required prior to arrival.

Frontier Nursing Service

Courier Coordinator
Frontier Nursing Service
Frontier Nursing Service
132 FNS Drive
Wendover, KY 41775
Phone: (606) 672-2317


Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Louisville, KY