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The HRSA grant that funds the Northwest Rural Nurse Residency (NWRNR) will be ending June 30, 2014.  As a result, the program will end June 30, 2014 as well.  It has been a valuable program that we have greatly enjoyed providing.  The residency has served 75 critical access hospitals in 17 states since 2009.

Options are being explored for the program to be repackaged at a later date by a different entity. Please check back to this site for updates.

All current participants are going to be given the opportunity to complete the program.  If you are currently participating in one of our programs and have not been contacted, please contact for further information.

Transition to Practice

Scenic Idaho

Schools and clinical organizations are expected to provide patients with nurses who provide patient-centered, error free clinical care. Many studies indicate new graduates are not yet ready to practice in rural environments with the skills needed.

NWRNR Brochure 2013


Preceptor Education

Scenic Idaho

Preceptors are clinical instructors, perhaps the most important instructor a nurse ever has. The preceptor translates “book learning” into professional practice. The new graduate learns the professional role and provider practices from the preceptor. Read more →


The Rural Leadership Program guides rural nurse leaders toward their professional and credentialing goals. Workshops and webinars address leadership competencies. Participants select an executive coach to mentor them through the completion of two change-related projects and potential management challenges.


Rural Nurse Facts

Traditional authors defined rural nursing as a nurse who practices in a rural setting. Their work evolved as an extension of the woman’s role in the community. As time passed, the needs of the population differentiated rural patient and nurse roles. Read more →


In New Mexico the NM Center for Nursing Excellence coordinates the Rural Nurse Residency (NMRNR) program.  The link to the NMRNR is on the right side of the web page.



Courses & Webinars

Pocatello, Idaho

Office of Professional Development, School of Nursing, Idaho State University is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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