Enhancing Rural Nursing Practice through Distance Learning

Agriculture production provides a spectrum of risks for farmers and agricultural workers.  Due to the depth of coursework in nursing colleges, and advanced practice programs, there is limited opportunity for practitioners in rural communities to access agriculture specific healthcare training.

The AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program is a free distance learning opportunity available to rural nurses working for nonprofit organizations, government agencies or educational institutions. For nurses in the private sector, the cost of this program is $900, equivalent to $50 per continuing nursing education credit hour. Distance education (a total of 18 hours), provided by experienced health & safety educators will enable rural nurses to increase their knowledge base in prevention, identification and assessment of diseases related to agricultural work exposures.

The first cohort will have a maximum of 35 nurses. Twenty stipends are available for nurses from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or educational institutions. All participants in the AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program will receive an 18 month AgriSafe membership ($200 value).

View the program brochure here....

Training Topics

  • Integration of Ag Health into Practice

  • At Risk Populations (youth, older adult, veterans,mobile work force)

  • Injury Prevention

  • Zoonotic Diseases

  • Hearing Conservation

  • Chemical Exposures

  • Emerging Issues
  • Health Assessment

  • Respiratory Health

  • Ergonomics

  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Skin Cancer

  • Work Related Illness

  • Behavioral Health

To participate in the AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program, applicants must commit to completion of the full eighteen hours.

If you are interested in being part of the AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program, please complete this Application Form. Applications will be accepted until May 3, 2018.

Continuing nursing education (CNE) will be provided by Northeast Iowa Community College (Provider #7) and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Program support provided by: