International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Healthcare is being confronted with questions on how to deliver quality, affordable, and timely care to patients, especially those in rural areas, in systems already burdened by the lack of providers. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) have been challenged to lead this movement in providing care to these populations through the use of technologies, specifically telehealth. Unfortunately, APRNs have limited exposure to telehealth during their educational experience, thereby limiting their understanding and comfort with telehealth. To address this problem, a telehealth program was developed at a large university that prepares Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) APRN students. The telehealth program, embedded into the DNP curriculum, consisted of a simulation workshop, practice immersion, and written project. This program was well received by students, making them aware of the benefits and barriers to the implementation of telehealth as a care delivery modality. Telehealth was embraced as students implemented the program in their own practices
Original Publication Citation
Rutledge, C.M., Haney, T., Bordelon, M., Renaud, M., & Fowler, C. (2014). Telehealth: Preparing advanced practice nurses to address healthcare needs in rural and underserved populations. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 11(1). doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2013-0061
Rutledge, Carolyn M.; Haney, Tina; Bordelon, Michele; Renaud, Michelle; and Fowler, Christianne, "Telehealth: Preparing Advanced Practice Nurses to Address Healthcare Needs in Rural and Underserved Populations" (2014). Nursing Faculty Publications. 10.