Enhancing Rural Nursing Practice through Distance Learning

Agricultural production persistently ranks among industries with the highest rates of injury and death. Health professionals have an important role to play in protecting the health and wellbeing of their clients who work agriculture. Due to the depth of coursework in nursing and advanced practice programs, AgriSafe recognizes that there is limited opportunity for practitioners 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 are in the form of webinars that can be viewed live or OnDemand (your own time). 

Nurses working for nonprofit organizations, rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, government agencies or educational institutions are eligible to receive a 50% discount on the fee for a total cost of $450.

The cost of this program for  those who do not meet the discounted rate 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). 

Download the 2019 Nurse Scholar brochure here...

There are two ways to participate in the Nurse Scholar program

Nurse Scholar - All Online

Course is open from June - Dec 2019. Students move through the course at their own pace. Register and find out more here...


Nurse Scholar - Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 Nurse Scholar Program will start September 4th and finish by December 20. This course will have the option for participants to join in live events with the instructors. Twenty stipend for nurses working in rural areas are available for this course. Click here for more information...

Course registration for Fall 2019 will be open by mid June.

Please contact Charlotte Halverson ([email protected]) with any questions.

Training Topics

  • Integration of Ag Health into Practice

  • Special Populations (youth, older adults, immigrant and migrant workers)

  • Zoonotic Diseases

  • Hearing Conservation

  • Chemical/Pesticide Exposures

  • Women's Health

  • Respiratory Health

  • Ergonomics

  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Skin Disorders

  • Behavioral Health

  • Emerging and Regional Issues


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

Course Catalog 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: