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.

Rural Nursing in Australia

Rural nursing in Australia

Key Terms

  • Advanced nurse practitioner
  • Rural nurse
  • Remote nurse
  • Enrolled nurse workforce
  • Allied health professional
  • Spatially inequitable
  • Case mix funding
  • User-pays system
  • Staff locums


After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Compare and contrast the Australian rural nursing issues to those of the United States and Canada
  • Discuss the impact of interdisciplinary relationships on the role and function of rural nurses in Australia.
  • Analyze the impact of rurality on rural nursing practice in Australia.
  • Propose solutions to overcome the barriers identified with regard to rural nursing in Australia.

Essential Points to Remember

  • Rural nurses in Australia have a different role than metropolitan nurses. There is a lack of recognition of the difference of the expanded role of ...
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