HCTW news brief: VA nursing school focuses on nursing education for rural communities

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 30, 2009

The Health Resources and Services Administration has granted the University of Virginia School of Nursing $1.2 million to fund its Nursing Leadership in Rural Healthcare project. The program aims to improve access to quality healthcare and to help eliminate health barriers in rural communities.

Students will train as specialists in rural healthcare, gaining expertise in community and public health leadership, health systems management, or psychiatric mental health. Nursing students who are working toward their master's of science in nursing and doctor of nursing practice will take classes in rural healthcare leadership and cultural competence.

By the end of the program, graduates will have the ability to provide leadership in rural healthcare and better address the needs of rural populations. The faculty will also benefit from these programs by developing relationships and building partnerships with public and private health and mental agencies.

Sources: Newsleader (VA)

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