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 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. Applications will be accepted until May 3, 2018. Distance learning classes are scheduled to begin the week of May 14, 2018. Classes will be offered live on selected dates and will also be available on an On-Demand web-based format.
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