Advancing Rural Emergency Acute Care

What is the AREA Grant Program?

What does the acronym AREA stand for? AREA stands for, Advancing Rural Emergency Acute care.

The Advancing Rural Emergency and Acute care program is a post masters certificate program that will provide family nurse practitioners (FNPs) with the additional skills and preparation needed to lead collaborative teams in the management of multiple chronic conditions. Family nurse practitioners who practice in rural areas are often required to provide care for patients in emergency departments and acute care units of critical access hospitals. FNPs in the AREA program are prepared to provide primary care across the age span with a strong focus on health prevention and maintenance. The rural populations’ needs for healthcare greatly span primary to acute care involving the management of multi chronic conditions. It is necessary to meet these evolving health care service delivery needs by expanding FNPs preparation and skills in emergency and acute care, particularly when practicing in rural areas with fewer resources.

What the AREA Grant will accomplish.

The AREA program will provide FNPs with the additional skills and preparation needed to lead collaborative teams in the management of multiple chronic conditions. The AREA program curriculum will confer a post masters certificate upon completion to graduates who will be eligible to sit for board certification as ACNPs. The post masters AREA program is 20 credit hours

In the AREA post masters program, the FNP will learn by utilizing an interprofessional education (IPE) model that includes emergency medicine and internal medicine residents and health literacy content provided by a faculty member in the College of Public Health. Eligible individuals will be certified Family Nurse Practitioners currently practicing in rural Nebraska.

    Upon completion of the AREA program for FNPs the graduates will meet the following specific objectives:
  1. increase the access of rural Nebraskans to collaborative team based primary care provided by NPs who have advanced preparation in managing emergency and acute care needs including management of multiple chronic conditions (MCC),
  2. plan, develop and implement the AREA curriculum with an emphasis on management of multiple chronic conditions utilizing interprofessional education (IPE) for didactic, clinical and simulation learning experiences
  3. conduct ongoing outcomes evaluation of the AREA program for FNPs to assure continuous quality improvement and to determine program impact on the health care provider workforce in rural and medically underserved areas in Nebraska.

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Role of Nurse Practitioners Expected to Increase