- Provides a strong fundamental underpinning with preliminary chapters covering rural health theory, healthcare systems, health education centers, and health literacy
- Addresses COVID-19 and its impact on emergency and disaster preparedness, health policy, and special rural populations
- Includes objectives and study questions in each chapter to provide focus and prompts for classroom discussion and assignments
- Describes and addresses key chapter topics in rural health such as an aging population, telehealth, an immigrant population, and mental health
- Chapters contributed by topic experts in rural health policy, veteran populations, aging populations, substance abuse, and social media
- Free Instructor’s Manual available to faculty who adopt the book for courses
This course textbook focuses on the practical issues and challenges faced by nurses working with rural populations. Additionally, the textbook provides background information on chapter topics such as the aging rural population, mental health, substance abuse, rural veterans, telehealth, interprofessional education, and introduces evidence-based strategies to facilitate quality care. This text is ideal for academic programs, concentrations, and courses seeking to include rural health in the curriculum and for nurses in rural settings.
Kathy A. Baker, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FCNS, FAAN – :
Rural Health Nursing is the “go to” resource for nurses delivering healthcare in rural communities. Written by nursing experts who have embraced and mastered the many challenges of this unique healthcare environment, this text offers a realistic, detailed overview of the context, challenges, benefits, resources, and potential for maximizing individual, community, and population health outcomes in the rural setting.
Kathy A. Baker, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, FCNS, FAAN
Director, Nursing Research & Scholarship
Texas Christian University
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Kim Curry, PhD, FNP-C, FAANP – :
Rural Health Nursing: Barriers and Benefits is a much-needed addition to the limited number of rural health nursing texts. The book is suitable for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students as well as for practicing nurses. The work of registered nurses and nurse practitioners is highlighted throughout the book. This book illuminates both barriers and benefits of practice in the rural setting as well as the professional and personal gratification of working in these settings.
Authors selected for the individual chapters clearly have significant expertise in their subject matter. Beginning with a chapter on rural health theory, Rural Health Nursing discusses a wide range of topics and issues to enhance nurses’ rural health knowledge and understanding. The book provides a wealth of information on policies and systems that impact healthcare in rural areas. Each chapter contains numerous examples to illustrate key points, and these make the text very relatable to readers.
A few highlights of the book include an extensive and detailed chapter on the health of American Indians and Alaskan Natives living in rural settings and their unique challenges. Delivery of care to rural populations through telehealth is also a feature, as is the ability to provide genetics and genomics information to those living in rural settings. Differences in rural populations’ health perceptions, characteristics, and lifestyles in comparison to urban areas are a focus throughout the book. Discussions of the role of the nurse as a relatively autonomous generalist healthcare provider when in a rural setting reminds us of times past when professional nurses were often in charge of the health of entire communities.
Organizationally, Rural Health Nursing provides a detailed chapter listing with a content breakdown for each chapter that will allow readers to quickly locate needed information within the chapters. Each chapter then begins with objectives and discussion questions to assist educators in applying the text in class. An index is also provided for more detailed searching. The editors are to be commended for organizing this fresh look at the field of rural health nursing and the many opportunities and benefits for nurses choosing to work in this specialty area.
Kim Curry, PhD, FNP-C, FAANP
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners