The Innovations Fund

Phase: 2019

Innovative Care Institute - APRNs in Rural Practice

Project Description:


Building upon their previous Nursing Innovations Fund award, the Missouri Action Coalition recruited advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and students to participate in trainings designed to address population health concepts and to increase nursing capacity to support the advancement, efficiency, and sustainability of care providers. The initiative promoted policies, practice, and technology to increase access to equitable and exceptional care and encourage a continuum of services using best practices that improve wellness outcomes.

Summary of completed project

The Missouri Action Coalition partnered with the Missouri League of Nursing to identify areas in the state with rural health facilities that employ APRNs. They worked with the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Maryville University St. Louis to develop and promote online offerings through the Innovative Care Institute program. The education content focused on improving population health, preventing diseases, reducing health disparities, and presenting nurses with self-care strategies to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout.


The project resulted in the development and delivery of multiple training modules that are part of the Innovative Care Institute, which serves nurses statewide. Through the collaboration of the Missouri Nurses Association, Missouri League for Nursing, and Missouri Center for Nursing (Missouri Action Coalition) plans were developed to expand dissemination of the Innovative Care Institute to a wider audience in the state.