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Nursing Distant Education Program|
Receives UW System Grant
MAILED: June 16, 1999|
A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Nursing distance education program designed to serve people in every nook and cranny of Wisconsin recently received funding from a UW System grant.
The program, titled "Asynchronous Distance Education for Nurse Practitioner Students," will allow UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison to put six graduate nursing practitioner courses on-line, giving students from under-served and rural areas the opportunity to further their education from a convenient location.
"This gives those people who live too far away from a UW-System school the opportunity to advance their education without having to leave home or their community," said Susan Johnson Warner, associate dean and educational administrator at the UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing.
The School of Nursing at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison will develop the courses over the next two years, said Jeannette McDonald, clinical associate professor at UW-Madison. Existing courses will be redesigned to be delivered over the Internet to help remove the barriers of time and place, making it possible for students to remain with their families in their home communities and in their jobs, she said.
"This project will allow us to build on previous and ongoing efforts to provide primary care education to under-served communities," McDonald said. "This is bringing us closer to delivery of whole degree programs to students in their home communities."
ADE for nurse practitioner students helps to meet some of the recommendations of the Study of the UW System in the 21st Century such as removing time and place as barriers to learning, enhancing student-centered learning environments, fostering internal and external collaboration and developing instructional technology resources, McDonald said.
The two-year grant came to UW-Eau Claire through the System's cooperation with the Wisconsin Program for Training Regionally Employed Care Providers, which was created to start the process of delivering primary care education at a distance through collaboration among nurse practitioner, physician assistant and nurse midwifery programs throughout the state. WisTREC is funded by seed money from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and by contributions.
As the program continues to develop over the next two years after starting this summer, Warner said the two schools will take a careful approach to putting the courses on-line by obtaining feedback from students on whether the program is effective.
"We're doing something new and cutting edge but we are not jumping into this blindly," she said. "We want to make sure this method of teaching works for our curriculum and our students. We're very excited about this."
For more information on the program, contact the UW-Eau Claire School of Nursing at (715) 836-5287.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 16, 1999