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.

Analysis of Rural Nursing: Australia, Canada, United States

Analysis of rural nursing: Australia, Canada, United States

Key Terms

  • Global village
  • Global economy
  • Privatization
  • Population density
  • Remoteness
  • Communication infrastructures
  • Economic diversity
  • Telehealth/telemedicine


After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe commonalities among nursing practice in rural environments in three highly industrialized nations: the United States, Australia, and Canada.
  • Discuss the common themes that permeate the discussion in this book and how these fit at an international level.
  • Propose potential areas for nursing research with an international partner.

Essential Points to Remember

  • Declining national health care resources are a concern shared by all three nations. There is increasing competition among national and international market forces. Rapidly emerging is an interdependent global economy that does not allow for national ...
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