Date of Award

Summer 8-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Program Affiliation

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Dr. Karen Semmens


COVID-19 brought unprecedented challenges in accessing healthcare services. The lack of accessibility to healthcare drastically impacted older adults, especially those in rural America, who experienced multiple issues accessing quality care with an increase in healthcare cost leading to a significant increase in morbidity and mortality rate from COVID-19. Consequently, the usage of telehealth services skyrocketed during the pandemic. As a result, the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) emerged with the aim to promote the use of telehealth services to reduce COVID-19 exposure to older adults in rural North Dakota (ND). Thereby keeping older adults safe at home and still having full access to their providers with home-based modified geriatric wellness assessments using the 4Ms (what matters most, mentation, mobility, and medication) via telehealth.

Included in

Nursing Commons