MSU RECEIVES $2.8 MILLION GRANT TO TRAIN NURSING STUDENTS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES
Before, nursing students did most of their trainings in hospitals, but now they can have almost a different experience just like student nurses at Montana State University (MSU).
MSU’s nursing program recently received a $2.8 million granting nurses to be trained in rural settings. This is a four-year grant from the U.S. Health Resources Services Administration and should help escalate the number of rural nurses throughout the state.
The said grant will provide an opportunity for students to go out and train in rural areas such as Park County to savor what it’s like to serve people residing in those communities.
In a report, Dean of the College of Nursing Sarah Shannon said, “we absolutely encourage our graduates to practice all across rural Montana. We hope to educate the workforce that will serve Montana and improve Montana’s health.”
But practicing in a rural place isn’t similar with larger hospitals.
“Everywhere you go everyone knows you, knows you work at the health department, knows you’re a nurse, asks you questions. But that’s what I love about it is that it’s not that I’m a nurse in the hospital and then when I’m out of the hospital I’m not. I’m a nurse all the time,” Public Health Nurse for Park County Janelle Bowden said.
And being a nurse in a small community is never an easy task.
MSU Nursing student Devin Mock said, “It’s so small that you’re their life line. You’re the one that they look to for answers and help.”
“It’s so different than at the hospital. You get to prevent disease rather than fix it,” Bowden said.
Most nursing students, like Bowden, were raised in rural communities and are expecting to serve these communities after graduation.
The development will implicate a positive impact in Montana, because there is an apparent nursing shortage all throughout the state.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ supports MSU and Health Resources Services Administration to increase the number rural nurses throughout the state of Montana. The institute believes that immersion activities like these hones student nurses to be much knowledgeable and experienced in addressing the conditions of their patients.
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