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.

Theoretical Foundations for Nursing in Rural Environments

Theoretical foundations for nursing in rural environments

Key Terms

  • Health belief model
  • Hardiness
  • Rural phenomenon
  • Social support
  • Networking theory
  • Transculturalism
  • Nursing theoretical concepts
  • Long-timer/old-timer/insider, newcomer/outsider


After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe the rural phenomenon of interest to nursing and three dimensions that characterize it (occupational, ecological, sociocultural).
  • Apply four concepts included in most nursing theories (health, person, environment, nursing) to the rural phenomenon.
  • Identify theories from other disciplines that could be relevant to rural nursing.
  • Discuss the need for developing a theory to guide rural nursing practice and research.

Essential Points to Remember

  • There is an ongoing debate as to whether rural nursing should be considered a specialty area or whether it is simply nursing that occurs ...
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