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 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 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).

 We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Nurse Scholar program. Plans are underway for another Nurse Scholar Program to run from Sept - Dec 2019. Applications will be available spring 2019.

View this webinar recording to learn more about the Nurse Scholar program.


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 their topics.

Course Brochure from 2018

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: