Junior nursing majors Amber Pratt, of Yadkinville, left, and Shania Barnes, of Winston-Salem, input patient information in a mobile computer workstation during their nursing clinical at Ashe Memorial Hospital. Photo by Marie Freeman

Health care in a rural setting

Nursing students gain real-world experience through Appalachian–Ashe Memorial Hospital partnership

Every Wednesday from February through April — save for university breaks — a group of nursing students donned in black and gold scrubs have traveled to Ashe Memorial Hospital to provide care to patients in the facility’s medical–surgical care unit.
These undergraduate nursing students at Appalachian State University have gained hands-on, clinical experience in rural health care thanks to a partnership developed between Appalachian’s Department of Nursing and Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson.
Dr. Jean Bernard, assistant professor and director of undergraduate programs in Appalachian’s Department of Nursing, received $10,000 in funding from the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (NC AHEC) program to develop a nursing clinical site at Ashe Memorial. The clinic became operational in September 2018.

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Originally published Apr. 29, 2019.


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