What Strategies Are Nurse Practitioner Educational Programs Using to Encourage Rural Practice?


Persistent shortages of primary care physicians in rural areas have increased the need to educate nurse practitioners (NPs) for rural careers. Medical schools have identified factors associated with rural practice by physicians and used this knowledge to develop rural training programs, but less is known about factors associated with rural NP training and practice or the extent to which NP programs deploy such strategies. This study will quantify and describe NP education programs that encourage NPs to practice in rural areas and identify data sources that could be used in future studies of the effectiveness of these programs. This study is funded by HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy.






Authors Title Type Date Documents/Media
Kaplan L, Skillman SM, Andrilla CA, Ostergard S Support for rural student recruitment and practice by nurse practitioner programs PRESENTATION 10-09-2014