Drama on Kentucky’s Frontier Nursing Service is in Development

Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas is developing a TV drama series based on the Frontier Nursing Service that started in Leslie County, Kentucky in the 1920s. Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and has been a major success for Thomas. Now, she’s setting her sights on a different type of drama.

In the 1920s, the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) changed everything – doctors and nurses were in short supply during a time when health challenges, particularly tuberculosis and gunshot wounds, were abundant. Mudslides and wildcats were just a couple of the job hazards nurses of the FNS faced. Regardless, a group or nurses formed the FNS, a service that provides healthcare services to rural, underserved populations and educates nurse-midwives.

While details are still unclear, the series producers claim they plan to film on location in Kentucky – the original announcement of the television series said the drama will “shoot on location and plans to pull together an international cast and crew.”

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