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.

Nursing and Rural Health Care Delivery: Yesterday and Today

Nursing and Rural Health Care Delivery: Yesterday and Today

Nursing and rural health care delivery: Yesterday and today

Key Terms

  • Health professional shortage areas (HPSAs)
  • Frontier areas
  • Cross-cutting rural issues
  • Telehealth/telemedicine
  • Population density


After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Discuss historical and sociopolitical trends in rural health care delivery.
  • Elaborate on the contributions of Lillian Wald and Mary Breckenridge to rural nursing.
  • Describe cross-cutting issues in discussions related to health care and nursing practice in rural communities.
  • Analyze population trends and the subsequent impact on rural communitiesampnumx2019; economic, social, and cultural structures.
  • Identify rural barriers to health care.

Essential Points to Remember

  • There is great diversity in the social, cultural, and economic structures and the overall health status of rural communities across the 50 states. ...
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