The call for transformation of nursing education and practice continues to be a national priority. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recommends enhanced partnerships between academic nursing and academic health centers to advance nursing and healthcare. For academic leaders in rural settings, the context of health and healthcare means that these partnerships are vastly different from academic health centers. The purpose of this article is to describe the context of nursing education and practice in regions that are predominantly rural. The challenges and opportunities for rural academic leaders as they respond to calls for transforming the education of the future nursing workforce are described from the perspective of resources, recruitment and retention of faculty, clinical education and faculty practice, scholarship, and fundraising. Meeting rural health workforce needs is a national imperative and a priority of academic nursing leaders in rural settings.
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