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. 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.

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

Continuing nursing education (CNE) will be provided by Northeast Iowa Community College (Provider #7) and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. There will be no fee for the continuing education hours for Nurse Scholar program participants.

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