Are Advanced Providers Prepared to Care for the Agricultural Population?

Mary E Cramer, Kathy Wulf, Mary Wendl, Heidi J Keeler

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This article concerns a pilot project for continuing education regarding agricultural health. We surveyed nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in a rural state regarding hazardous agricultural respiratory exposures and the diagnosis and treatment of related agricultural health conditions. Most respondents could not identify hazardous agricultural agents and exposure sources. Many could not correctly answer questions about the diagnosis and treatment of associated health conditions, and 71% were uncomfortable concerning agricultural-related health issues and care. We used findings to develop an evidence-based educational program to address deficits, and presented at state and national professional conferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e41-e44
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • agriculture
  • chronic disease
  • farmers
  • hazardous exposures
  • respiratory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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