Agricultural Safety and Health Curriculum: Preparing the Next Generation of Rural Nurses

Sue A. Schuelke, Michelle E. Ellermeier

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The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of including/expanding agricultural health and safety curriculum in a prelicensure baccalaureate of nursing program on the nursing students’ knowledge of agricultural health and safety. A convenience sample of baccalaureate nursing students in their first year of nursing school on two different campuses of a Midwestern college of nursing. Agricultural health and safety content was introduced with pre- and post-surveys completed after delivery of the agricultural health and safety education unit. Independent T-test (p < .05) performed on pre (n = 135) and post surveys (n = 109). There were no significant differences between baseline data on the two campus sites or between genders. There were statistically significant differences between baseline and post levels of knowledge, with an increase in perceived knowledge. Students “raised on a farm” or “that worked on a farm” and students “not raised on a farm” or “didn’t work on a farm” had significantly different knowledge levels at baseline, and all groups had a statistically significant change in knowledge, but no significant posttest difference between groups. Incorporation of agricultural health and safety into a Bachelor of Science Nursing program can lead to significant knowledge increase and better prepare student nurses to provide care to patients with agricultural-related injuries and health concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-213
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Agromedicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023


  • Nursing education
  • agricultural safety and health
  • rural healthcare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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