1. Baird-Crooks, Kathryn MEd, RN
  2. Graham, Betty MEd, RN
  3. Bushy, Angeline PhD, RN


Southern Alberta is essentially a rural Canadian province and therefore an ideal setting for offering a rural-focused nursing course. Considering the need for professional nurse preparation with a rural focus, three schools of nursing in the Province collaborated to launch their first rural nursing course. The authors elaborate on the process of developing the course, then establishing partnerships with rural communities to provide opportunities for a nursing practicum.