Nurses discuss complexities, ways to address rural health care
Registered nurse Sharon Webster, manager of the Hannibal Free Clinic located roughly 100 miles from St. Louis, MO, describes practicing in a rural area this way: “We’re neighbors helping neighbors.”
That’s one of the job characteristics nurses in rural communities say they find rewarding. But rural health care has its challenges, from workforce needs to hospital closings.
According to the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, some 57 million persons nationwide, or 1 in 5 Americans, live in rural communities. Yet 55 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and 283 more are disturbingly close to shutting their doors, the National Rural Health Association recently reported. (more…)
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