Additional Information



Who will benefit from the AREA program?

The funding for this grant will substantially benefit rural populations. The AREA program will increase the workforce of skilled healthcare providers in rural communities which will not only increase access to care but also improve the quality of care and impact patient outcomes in rural, medically underserved areas of Nebraska.

Courses of study and who this is for.

The AREA program curriculum will confer a post masters certificate upon completion to graduates who will be eligible to sit for board certification as ACNPs. The post masters AREA program is 20 credit hours. The curriculum will utilize an interprofessional education (IPE) model that includes emergency medicine and internal medicine residents and health literacy education. Interprofessional faculty, inclusive of nursing, medicine and experts in health communication will collaborate to integrate IPE into the courses comprising the AREA program. Students’ clinical experiences will have clinical practicums in clinical sites that prepare them to provide acute care for patients with complex needs in rural hospital settings (e.g., critical access hospitals—CAHs). Therefore the funding preference for this program will “substantially benefit rural populations.” In summary, the AREA program will increase the workforce of skilled healthcare providers in rural communities which will not only increase access to care but also improve the quality of care and impact patient outcomes in rural, medically underserved areas of Nebraska.

Does this describe your interests and your goals?

If the AREA program sounds like a post masters certificate you would like to include in your curriculum, please contact:

Dr. Kathy Morris at kjmorris@unmc.edu

and Carla Swartz at Carla.swartz@unmc.edu.

Your email should include your contact info and how we can send you information about the application process.

Meet the Primary Investigator


Kathy Morris, RN, DNP, APRN-NP
Fast Facts
WHAT
Advanced Rural Emergency Acute Care (AREA) Post Masters Certificate program that will provide FNPs additional skills and education to prepare them to lead collaborative teams in the management of multiple chronic conditions and practice in rural areas. Eligible upon completion for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate.

WHO
Designed for Family Nurse Practitioners, (FNPs)

WHERE
Take courses on the College of Nursing Campus across Nebraska and attend exciting skills practicum sessions on UNMC Omaha Campus, Interprofessional Education (IPE) experiences with medical students from other disciplines.

WHY
Rural areas rely on family nurse practitioners to not only provide primary care to their patients, but also fill the gap in hospital emergency and inpatient care provision. The goal of the AREA program is to prepare APRNs to provide high-quality healthcare in rural Nebraska.

WHEN
Program implemented summer of 2014.

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