Developing and Sustaining Rural Venues for Teaching Nursing
Washington State's rural areas, such as the Olympic Peninsula, require more health care providers, interdisciplinary approaches to health care delivery, and enhanced access to educational resources. The UIF provides resources to assist the School of Nursing to respond to this need, by developing and sustaining partnerships with health care professionals in Washington's rural areas, beginning on the Olympic Peninsula and eventually including other rural areas, particularly those in western Washington. The overall project goal is to partner with rural communities in a manner that strengthens the University's mission of outreach. Specific aims and approaches include the following:
The project will strengthen clinical learning opportunities for our students and make that learning accessible to distant learners. Rural health care providers will have improved access to health care information. Nursing faculty will develop enhanced understanding of rural health issues. Most importantly, this effort will enhance our sustained commitment to serving rural settings in Washington by providing a systematic, school-wide approach to offering programs. The UIF offers a unique opportunity to create relationships with communities, ground efforts in a careful assessment of provider and community needs, and create a system in which the entire School and other programs can participate in an ongoing basis.
Project Team: Eleanor Bond, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems (BNHS); Ruth Craven, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor, BNHS and Assistant Dean, Educational Outreach; C. June Strickland, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Psychosocial & Community Health (PCH); Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, Family and Child Nursing (FCN); Mary Durand Thomas, PhD, RN, CS, Associate Professor, PCH; Judith Kelson, MSW, Project Manager.
Dean, School of Nursing
|Date Funded:||December 1999|