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 distance learning opportunity available to rural nurses. 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.  Classes start June 6 and run through September 2018.  Classes are in the form of webinars that can be viewed live or OnDemand (your own time). 

Nurses working for nonprofit organizations, government agencies or educational institutions may be eligible to receive a 50% discount on the fee. To inquire about this discount please email Natalie Roy at nroy@agrisafe.org

The cost of this program is $900, equivalent to $50 per continuing nursing education credit hour. 

All participants in the AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program will receive an 18 month AgriSafe membership ($200 value).

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

Find out more about the Nurse Scholar program instructors. Click here to view instructor information and topics.


If you are interested in being part of the AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program, please complete this Application Form. Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2018.

***** Registration Update - All 20 of the stipend recipients have been selected. We will continue to take applications for participation in the nurse scholar program, but no further stipends will be awarded. *****



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


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