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Scholarships Available for Rural Nurses to Obtain Training to Support Missouri Farmers and Ranchers

Agriculture is a diverse industry usually located in remote parts of the country. The risks and occupational exposures associated with farming and ranching are often not familiar to healthcare workers serving rural communities. Nurses are the frontline of rural community healthcare which is why FCS Financial is teaming up with Farm Credit Southeast Missouri, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, Farm Credit Midsouth and AgHeritage to offer 20 scholarships to nurses from Missouri or Arkansas to complete the Agrisafe Nurse Scholar program.

2020 scholarship recipient Jena Eads said, “Working in a rural community hospital ER, the Agrisafe Nurse Scholar program was directly related to my daily practices and has provided me with the knowledge and information to educate my co-workers, in addition to advocating for the patients I care for. The Agrisafe Nurse Scholar program also helped me develop screening tools specific for farmers in our ER.”

The program consists of 20 hours of virtual, on-demand learning utilizing lectures, interactive question and answer sessions and group discussions. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Integration of ag health into a medical practice.
  • Special populations (youth, older adult, veterans, immigrant and migrant workers)
  • Zoonotic diseases
  • Chemical/pesticide exposure
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Skin disorders
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Sleep deprivation

FCS Financial is proud to partner with Farm Credit Southeast Missouri, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, Farm Credit Midsouth and AgHeritage to offer these 20 scholarships to rural Missouri and Arkansas nurses.  Nurses will be asked to pay a $100 deposit upfront and will be reimbursed for the deposit upon completion of the program. 

We take pride in providing this resource to nurses who serve Missouri’s farmers and ranchers. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Agrisafe Network. Anyone interested in obtaining this training should complete the Agrisafe Nurses Scholarship Application.

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