This book examines the evolving health care delivery systems and the role of nursing within the rural context. Divided into three parts including perspectives from experts in Australia and Canada, the book covers the foundations of rural nursing, special populations, and future perspectives. Students of nursing will find special features in each chapter such as a list of objectives, key terms, points to remember, suggested research activities, and discussion questions.
Part II of this book builds on the information presented in Part I and focuses on special populations. Chapter 6 presents an overview of special and at-risk rural populations. Terms and definitions such as persons with special needs, vulnerability, risk, disenfranchisement, and medical indigence are discussed in relation to health and illness. Chapter 7 focuses on the continuum of cultural-linguistic competence. These skills are of critical importance for nurses if they are to provide acceptable and appropriate care to rural clients of other cultures. Concerns of the predominant rural minority groups are highlighted, specifically those of immigrants, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, African Americans, and Native Americans. Chapter 8 examines rural aspects of behavioral health care. It includes strategies to enhance the capability ...