Sue Schuelke Presentation

Agricultural Safety and Health Curriculum: Preparing the next generation.

Sue Schuelke, PhD RN NPD-BC CNE CCRN-K, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr Sue Schuelke, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, Lincoln Division. She has an interest in innovative educational strategies to capture and engage learners to improve healthcare delivery to all populations.

Learning objective:
Participants will be able to discuss innovative educational modalities to deliver agricultural safety education.


Agricultural workers, one of the most injury prone industries globally, are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries; and farming is one of the few industries in which family members (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries. Many farmers may also suffer from occupationally induced acute and chronic health conditions, as well as mental health concerns. The literature reports a gap in healthcare workers knowledge pertaining to agricultural safety, injuries and fatalities. Baccalaureate prepared nurses are caring for agricultural workers in acute, clinic, and public health arenas and need to be knowledgeable on how to treat, communicate and educate this population. This presentation will focus on Incorporating agricultural safety and health into a BSN curriculum and the dissemination of an immersive virtual reality tractor game, “Rollover Ranch”, developed through a collaborative venture with the Computer Science and Engineering College at UNL. Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) is a multisensory virtual world created by computer software to be used with a head-mounted display unit. Outcomes post implementation of curricular modifications and the process and outcomes of IVR dissemination at agricultural events and field days will be presented.

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