Rural Health Nursing

This course will provide learners with an opportunity to explore the challenges, opportunities, and skills necessary to provide nursing care in rural areas.

About The Course

The care of populations in remote and frontier areas requires an expanded understanding of the geographical elements, situational factors, and the unique issues that occur when resources are scarce, distant, or culturally inappropriate. We will identify what constitutes the definition of rural nursing, and what kinds of needs are presented by individuals and populations living in rural communities. Historical, geographical, cultural, and systems challenges to the provision of nursing care will be explored, and approaches to overcoming barriers to support the development of healthy communities in rural areas will be presented. Students will identify a rural or frontier area in which they are either currently practicing or expect to practice, and using elements from the course, design a program, policy, or intervention to address the specific health care needs of the population in that area.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What resources will I need for this class?
  • A computer
  • Internet access
  • Competency in English
2. What is the coolest thing I will learn if I take this class?
  • What nurses and others are doing regarding rural health around the world
3. What background is expected to take this class?
  • Interest in rural health
  • You do NOT have to be a nurse or health professional to take this course
  • A willingness to share your thoughts respectfully with others on discussion boards

Recommended Background

This course is open to anyone who has an interest in, or currently participates in, rural health nursing.