Rural practice forum: understanding rural health care.
As a health care provider, the rural health professional often crosses over other disciplines in role, is overwhelmingly a generalist, practices independently to a degree unknown by urban health professionals, and encounters frequent gaps in health care, especially the in the areas of primary care, health promotion, emergency care, and mental health services. Physical and professional isolation are counter-balanced by a lack of anonymity and a mixing of professional and everyday roles. The health professional is expected to be available on a 24-hour basis, sometimes giving professional advice while standing in line at the local grocery, and may have to leave town to get a day off. In providing health care, the rural health professional must also deal with situations where the health professional's values conflict with those of the community. This offers a lot of opportunity for ingenuity and innovation in designing and carrying out programs that are acceptable to the rural community.
This column asks how you, as a rural health professional, have dealt with, taken advantage of, and risen above problems or issues such as the foregoing. What ways have you developed to deal with them in your everyday practice? In planning and carrying out programs? We can learn from each other. We are interested in your "ingenuity and innovation." What "tips" can you offer to other rural health professionals? Please send a description of the problem or problems you have encountered in practice and how you dealt with those problems by e-mail to: Bette_ide@mail.und.nodak.edu.
Bette Ide, PhD, RN
Editorial Board Member
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|Publication:||Online Journal of Rural Nursing & Health Care|
|Date:||Mar 22, 2000|
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