VESTAL (WBNG) — Students at Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing received new technology and equipment Tuesday morning.
Thanks to a $2.8 million grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, students in the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce program received new stethoscopes and laptop computers.
The equipment and technology they’ve received is meant to support their education in telehealth, an increasingly relevant aspect of modern healthcare.
“We know that telehealth is the wave of the future, and we want to graduate a group of students that’s telehealth ready. So, they are comfortable working with telehealth equipment, they know how to operate it, and they can offer it to rural people who may not be able to drive to a specialty center,” explained Graduate Nursing Director Nicole Rouhana.
Telehealth enables healthcare professionals to provide services via electronic communication and telecommunication technologies, allowing long-distance contact between patients and healthcare professionals.
“The extra special component that we think, is these students get additional coursework in rural sociology, so that they can be so that they can be ready to care for underserved and rural populations, because they are a special vulnerable population that we think we’re addressing,” Rouhana added.
On top of the additional equipment and technology, the grant also pays the tuition of all 26 students in the program, something Rouhana says is invaluable to the students.
“They wear many hats. Many of them are parents, or they could be caring for aging parents, and many of our students have to work in some capacity to maintain health insurance and responsibilities. So, this removes a little bit of the financial burden so they can devote more time to academics,” Rouhana said.
The Advanced Nursing Education Workforce program launched in 2017, and supports students from rural areas who wish to practice in those areas once they are credentialed.