With stiff competition for clinical sites, one Midwestern university partners nursing students with faculty who provide primary healthcare to clients in two rural nurse-managed clinics. Some students are also assigned to follow select clients during weekly home visit rotations for their public health clinical course. The result has been a successful faculty practice and preceptor model that benefits rural communities, a clinical setting which provides opportunities for students to experience client care needs of the underinsured or uninsured in small communities, and student exposure to the financial burdens and challenges of today’s healthcare environment in the United States.


This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in the Journal of Community Health Nursing [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Journal of Community Health Nursing is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07370016.2011.539086..

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