ERIC Number: ED380156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-10
Meeting the Needs of a Rural Community for Registered Nurses.
Dolloph, Frances; And Others
In 1988, Shepherd College-South Branch (SC-SB), a rural institution serving primarily place-bound adults, began offering non-nursing courses that would transfer to three regional nursing programs. Student requests, however, and a recognized shortage of registered nurses led to the establishment of a two-year rural nursing program in 1993. A county commission was established to determine possibilities for funding, and SC-SB hired a nursing faculty member from the main campus to assess needs and resources. It was determined that the county hospital could provide funds for a nursing coordinator, medical supplies, books, and a classroom, and that the local nursing home could provide facilities for the basic nursing skills lab, with students assisting with basic patient care as part of their training. In addition, the county library agreed to serve as a resource center for nursing library materials and lectures at the main campus were videotaped for SC-SB. Twelve students were admitted to the program's first class, with 9 of these students graduating after 2 years. An April 1994 review of the program indicated that in general it was successful and the hospital and nursing home agreed to 2 more years of funding, resulting in the admittance of 10 students for the 1996 class. Since the nursing shortage will probably cease to exist after this class, funding may not continue beyond 1996. (A map of West Virginia, the SC-SB nursing curriculum, and duties of the coordinator are appended.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at "Workforce 2000," the Annual Conference on Workforce Training of the League for Innovation in the Community College (3rd, San Diego, CA, February 8-11, 1995).