Supporting rural nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, and allied health providers to engage in continuing professional development and skills enrichment opportunities is essential to the provision of an adequately skilled, credentialed, professionally supported and professionally satisfied rural health workforce (Humphreys et al., 2007)
Since 1991, RhPAP has been known for supporting rural physicians through continuing education and skills enrichment opportunities. These opportunities have allowed for rural physicians to increase their skills and professional development while decreasing professional isolation and stagnation.
In 2017, RhPAP was asked to by the Alberta government to expand its mandate and begin offering continuing professional development programming to other rural health professions.
In October 2020, RhPAP’s Health Professions department announced the launch of two initiatives for nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives and regulated allied health professionals: the Rural Education & Advanced Learning (REAL) Program & the Team-Based Learning Initiative (TBLI).
Created to help rural health professionals and their communities, these two new initiatives aim to provide skills enrichment, professional development and enhanced health care in rural Alberta.
Please note: These initiatives are currently in the pilot phase. Acceptance may be limited, and eligibility and funding criteria, and terms and conditions may be subject to change.