Solutions to Rural Health Workforce Shortage with Online Education

Rural communities have less access to post-secondary education, which means doctors and nurse practitioners must travel elsewhere for training before returning (or often not returning) to their hometowns with a degree and improved skills in medicine.

Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., February 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

There were shortages of nurses, primary care providers and almost every aspect of health care before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and this gap has only widened over the past 2 years. The impact is most critical in rural communities where the lack of access to health care remains highest.

Rural communities have less access to post-secondary education, which means doctors and nurse practitioners must travel elsewhere for training before returning (or often not returning) to their hometowns with a degree and improved skills in medicine.

One solution to this problem is to expand access to programs that train primary care providers through e-learning. Spalding University has done just that, adding a new online program for Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner. This program was announced in December 2021 and will welcome its first students in August 2022.

Nursing students in this program can work full-time while completing the curriculum to advance their skills and knowledge. These students are assisted in finding local clinical placements and may also attend campus residences in Louisville, Kentucky during the 3-year program.

Spalding University is a nationally accredited and ranked nursing program that is the oldest in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where students can benefit from a strong faculty and a mission of service and compassion. Additional access to quality programs like this is a major tool in addressing the shortage of primary health care services.

About Spalding University:

Spalding University has been associated with quality learning since its founding in 1814. Today, the university offers the online Doctor of Education in Leadership (EdD: Leadership) program and the online Master of Science in Nursing program – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP), both accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The MSN-FNP has additional accreditation by the Commission on Collegial Education in Nursing (CCNE). Students are assured of a great learning experience with tools and aids to make online learning more interactive and fun.

Website: https://online.spalding.edu/programs/online-msn-fnp

CONTACT: Name: Ashley McGuire, Senior Corporate Communications Manager, Keypath Education Organization: Spalding University Online Address: Egan Leadership Center, 901 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40203 USA Phone: 1+ 224.308.8391

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