GSU Launching Telemedicine Nurse Program

GSU Launching Telemedicine Nurse ProgramGeorgia Southern University is helping telemedicine graduate to the next level in academic.

With Georgia said to rank 45th in the country for access to mental health care, it’s understandable as to why the state’s colleges and institutions for higher learning are eager to augment the state’s workforce of qualified medical professionals.

“There’s a critical shortage of mental health providers,” says GSU Associate Professor Dr. Melissa Garno in a report from WJCL.

But help is on the way thanks to a federal grant recently awarded to the university.

“If it takes 30 to 34  minutes to get to the nearest health care provider that really is a barrier for a lot of people,” she said.

The new graduate program focuses on telemedicne, reaching patients in rural and underserved areas of the state. It focuses on the skills needed to effectively treat mental health patients without meeting them face to face.

“We’re hopefully going to  be able to make a great impact on health care especially mental health care for the citizens of Georgia,” Garno concluded.

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