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Online courses offered to improve rural nursing skills

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Nurses who provide care for farmers and workers in the agricultural sector can be better prepared for detecting and treating illnesses specific to the industry through a new educational program offered online.

The AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program is available as part of the Farm Family Resource Initiative (FFRI). It offers nurses and health care workers virtual training in a variety of subjects relevant to rural environments. Webinars will address special populations, workplace ergonomics, PPE, hearing conservation, mental health and well-being for farmers, and more.

Nurses who complete the computer-based course will be eligible for 20 hours of continuing nursing education.

The course registration fee is $500, but a limited number of 50 percent stipends are available to qualifying nurses in Illinois (reducing the program fee to $250). Farm Credit Illinois also offers scholarships through the Farm Family Resource Initiative.

Nurses working for nonprofit organizations, rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, government agencies or educational institutions are eligible to apply for the stipend award.

More information about the AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program and online modules can be found here.

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