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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164078
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Creating a Distance Accessible Clinical Nurse Specialist Program for Rural Communities
Author(s):
Fulton, Janet
Author Details:
Janet Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, email: jasfulto@iupui.edu
Abstract:
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: Learn Where You Live, a distance accessible clinical nurse specialist (CNS) program, expanded an accredited Adult CNS program by taking advantage of an existing university regional campus network system to deliver graduate education throughout a largely rural state. SIGNIFICANCE: Rural communities have limited access to CNS services due to limited advanced nursing education options. BACKGROUND/RATIONALE: Nurses, the majority of whom are women, face challenges in returning to graduate school. Approximately 43% of nurses are 45 years old or older; 70% are married; 52% have minor children in the home; 76% of nurse students are part-time while also working full time to maintain benefits. Distance education can help overcome challenges and increase the public's access to CNS services. DESCRIPTION: Conventional classroom courses were converted to distance formats using a mix of asynchronous (web-based) and synchronous (videoconferencing) strategies. Web-based programs introduce students to the university's online learning environment and library services. Clinical experiences are arranged in students' communities; clinical preceptors are recruited and developed using a web-based preceptor orientation program. Clinical competencies are mapped by course to assure students develop entry-level competency. A Virtual Student Lounge provides support for distance students. Annually students commute to the main campus for a face-to-face meeting and luncheon. Outcome: The Learn Where You Live program is enrolling and graduating students from rural areas: 66% of students are from underserved areas; 90% of graduates are employed in the state; 74% employed in underserved areas of the state. Student and faculty evaluation demonstrate that the program is successfully achieving the CNS program outcomes. CNS graduates are finding employment in rural communities. INTERPRETATION/CONCLUSION: Learn Where You Live makes graduate education accessible by removing barriers such as the time constraints of fixed traditional classroom courses and the time and expense associated with commuting long distances to a central campus. Distance education is an effective option for increasing the number of CNSs practicing in rural communities. IMPLICATIONS FOR CNS BASIC AND CONTINUING EDUCATION: Large urban universities can extend graduate nursing education to rural communities using distance education options in combination with a regional campus network.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2010
Conference Name:
CNS as Interal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systems
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Portland, Oregon, USA
Description:
Conference theme: CNS as Internal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systems, held March 3 - 6, Portland, Oregon, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCreating a Distance Accessible Clinical Nurse Specialist Program for Rural Communitiesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFulton, Janeten_US
dc.author.detailsJanet Fulton, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, email: jasfulto@iupui.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164078-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: Learn Where You Live, a distance accessible clinical nurse specialist (CNS) program, expanded an accredited Adult CNS program by taking advantage of an existing university regional campus network system to deliver graduate education throughout a largely rural state. SIGNIFICANCE: Rural communities have limited access to CNS services due to limited advanced nursing education options. BACKGROUND/RATIONALE: Nurses, the majority of whom are women, face challenges in returning to graduate school. Approximately 43% of nurses are 45 years old or older; 70% are married; 52% have minor children in the home; 76% of nurse students are part-time while also working full time to maintain benefits. Distance education can help overcome challenges and increase the public's access to CNS services. DESCRIPTION: Conventional classroom courses were converted to distance formats using a mix of asynchronous (web-based) and synchronous (videoconferencing) strategies. Web-based programs introduce students to the university's online learning environment and library services. Clinical experiences are arranged in students' communities; clinical preceptors are recruited and developed using a web-based preceptor orientation program. Clinical competencies are mapped by course to assure students develop entry-level competency. A Virtual Student Lounge provides support for distance students. Annually students commute to the main campus for a face-to-face meeting and luncheon. Outcome: The Learn Where You Live program is enrolling and graduating students from rural areas: 66% of students are from underserved areas; 90% of graduates are employed in the state; 74% employed in underserved areas of the state. Student and faculty evaluation demonstrate that the program is successfully achieving the CNS program outcomes. CNS graduates are finding employment in rural communities. INTERPRETATION/CONCLUSION: Learn Where You Live makes graduate education accessible by removing barriers such as the time constraints of fixed traditional classroom courses and the time and expense associated with commuting long distances to a central campus. Distance education is an effective option for increasing the number of CNSs practicing in rural communities. IMPLICATIONS FOR CNS BASIC AND CONTINUING EDUCATION: Large urban universities can extend graduate nursing education to rural communities using distance education options in combination with a regional campus network.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:41:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:41:37Z-
dc.conference.date2010en_US
dc.conference.nameCNS as Interal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systemsen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationPortland, Oregon, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: CNS as Internal Consultant: Influencing Local to Global Systems, held March 3 - 6, Portland, Oregon, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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