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Implementing a graduate nursing program at a distance through an urban-rural partnership.
  • Ksenia Zukowsky
  • Beth Ann Swan
  • Mary Powell
  • Lori S Lauver
  • Margaret Mary West
  • Anthony J Frisby, Thomas Jefferson University

The purposes of this poster presentation are to 1) describe the implementation of a master’s of science in nursing (MSN) program by providing access to rigorous distance education to students living in rural Pennsylvania; 2) discuss building a critical mass of master’s prepared advanced practice nurse experts in rural communities; and 3) share formative and summative evaluation information.

Through funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, the Jefferson School of Nursing (JSN) expanded its MSN program currently offered at the urban Philadelphia campus to the rural campus in Danville.

Using the methodologies of live web-casting and live video over the Internet, distance students are afforded the opportunity to participate in a live classroom setting rather than experience the static distance methodology of reading through lectures themselves. For example, during the clinical courses, the faculty teaches onsite in Philadelphia webcasting to students in their rural homes so that they can view and hear the lecture. These newer technologies make possible real-time faculty-student dialogue, student-to-student dialogue, and enhance socialization. Furthermore, the use of advanced technologies allows distance students to discuss with peers and faculty alike, in real time, the problems, successes, and questions which arise during class and clinical practica, thereby enhancing critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills.

This urban-rural partnership addresses increasing demands for educating greater numbers of master’s prepared advanced practice nurses to work in north and central rural Pennsylvania thus promoting access to health care in rural underserved communities.

  • nursing,
  • distance learning,
  • rural health,
  • graduate nursing
Publication Date
February 1, 2008
Citation Information
Ksenia Zukowsky, Beth Ann Swan, Mary Powell, Lori S Lauver, et al.. "Implementing a graduate nursing program at a distance through an urban-rural partnership." (2008)
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