Frances Hardin-Fanning, PhD, RN

Saxon Endowed Chair in Rural Nursing, and Associate Professor

Prior to joining the Capstone College of Nursing, Dr. Frances Hardin-Fanning was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky where she served in multiple leadership roles. Dr. Hardin-Fanning completed her associate degree in nursing from Morehead State University in 1997, where she received the Outstanding ADN Graduate award. She completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Kentucky in 2005 and received the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Alumni Association graduate student award. She completed her PhD in nursing and received the James S. Brown Graduate Student award for her dissertation research related to nutrition in Eastern Kentucky in 2011. In 2016, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science Research Skills. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society in 2003 and the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society in 2016.

Frances has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Her research, which focuses on developing and testing nutrition interventions in rural Appalachia, received the 2013 American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Junior Investigator Award. Her work with rural Appalachian farmers’ markets was awarded the William and Elizabeth Morgan Community Health Research Award. Frances’ collaboration with Kentucky Cooperative Extension agents received the 2016 Kentucky Extension Association Family & Consumer Science Health & Wellness Award. Dr. Hardin-Fanning also developed the University of Kentucky’s MedVet to BSN Option, an accelerated option for military medics to obtain a BSN degree.