FRNP - Fundamentals of Rural Nursing Practice

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About this Course

  • Are you a Registered or Enrolled Nurse working in a rural setting?
  • Do you wish to enhance your knowledge in recognising and responding to the clinically deteriorating patient?
  • How effective are your communication and clinical handover skills?

CRANAplus have listened to rural nurses who have told us that they prefer locally delivered face-to-face professional development workshops, which recognise the context in which rural nurses practice.

Who is this course for?

The CRANAplus Fundamentals of Rural Nursing Practice (FRNP) is designed to meet the learning needs of registered nurses, enrolled nurses, and nurses new to rural practice. The one day workshop is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of the rural nursing workforce in the following areas:

  • Clinical assessment and decision making
  • Comprehensive history taking
  • Recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient
  • Escalation of care – in a rural context…
  • Communication for safety – clinical handover

For nursing students interested in this course, please send us an enquiry here prior to registering.

Course Delivery
The Fundamentals of Rural Nursing Practice Workshop consists of the following components:
  • Online pre-course learning and assessments that must be completed one week before the course - approx. 7 hours of study
  • One-day face to face workshop including lectures, group work and scenario-based activities.
On completion participants will be able to:
  • Identify the key elements of a comprehensive history and physical assessment
  • Undertake a comprehensive history and physical assessment
  • Describe interview techniques utilised to ensure a comprehensive patient history
  • Identify factors which contribute to the deterioration of the patient in the rural context
  • Discuss the significance, consequences and management of altered clinical observations
  • Describe the elements of good communication that contribute to quality patient documentation and clinical handover
  • Describe the components of the ISBAR communication process
The Rural Nurse project aims to work together with rural nurses to bridge identified professional and educational gaps.

As part of the Rural Project, we have undertaken extensive consultation with rural registered nurses/midwives and enrolled nurses across a range of practice areas, ascertaining their views on the strengths, opportunities and challenges impacting on their professional role.

Fundamentals for Rural Nursing Practice Workshop

CRANAplus has listened to Rural nurses who have told us that they prefer locally delivered face-to-face professional development workshops, which recognise the context in which rural nurses practice.

Overview of the workshop:

The Fundamentals for Rural Nursing Practice is a locally delivered professional development workshop designed to update and enhance nurses knowledge and clinical assessment skills in recognising and responding to clinical deterioration, effective communication and clinical handover.

Pathway to Rural Practice.

The pathway to Rural Practice guide is a good starting point for prospective nurses who are considering a career in Rural Nursing regardless of where they are on the career continuum. The Pathway to Rural Practice Guide was developed after consultation with rural nurses from across the country.

This resource provides points and tips for consideration with the aim to build confidence to make the move to a rural location, and embark on a career in rural nursing.

Defining Rural Nursing

In May 2017, CRANAplus convened an Expert Advisory Group of rural nurses, leaders and academics to inform the discussion on developing a definition for Rural Nursing.

The intent was to contextualise Rural Nursing and identify what the role encompasses.

The draft definition was derived through both the literature review and broad consultation.

Our discussions confirmed the challenges in succinctly defining the rural nurse role, due to the diverse rural context and practice settings, ranging from regional centres to small rural towns.

However, we believe the finalised definition has captured the essence of the broad scope of practice, which Rural Nurses, particularly in those smaller settings, require to practice and deliver care across the lifespan.

Literature Review

Over the past 20 years, there has been extensive research undertaken in Australia, regarding the roles of rural nurses and workforce recruitment and retention issues. CRANAplus has undertaken a review of the current literature around rural nurses’ professional engagement and disengagement.

We are aware nursing in the rural environment is shaped by the context, whereby differences do exist in providing healthcare to meet community needs. The nature of the rural nursing practice is broad and requires rural nurses to utilise a wide range of skills both to manage patients across the lifespan and meet community needs.

Given the broad scope of practice and variety of rural practice settings, which spans across acute, community and aged care settings, the rural nurses' educational needs differ. The literature clearly states rural nurses prefer to access professional development programs at a local level, as this eliminates the added expense created by distance, and time away, which significantly impacts on their lives and their families.

Factors Affecting Engagement or Disengagement for Rural Nurses: A Literature Review (Summary)

Factors Affecting Engagement or Disengagement for Rural Nurses: A Literature Review (Full Report)

Rural Nursing Survey

CRANAplus undertook an online survey and we were overwhelmed by the response (756)

We thank all nurses who completed the survey. The survey has provided a rich source of information, which in addition to the literature review findings has formed the basis of our consultations.

State and Territory based consultations

CRANAplus, as the professional body for rural and remote health professionals, welcomes the opportunity to talk with rural nurses about their collective collegial engagement with professional matters and learning needs and accessibility to education.

Let’s work together to put rural nurses back on the map!

For further information, please send us an enquiry here.

M: Jody 0436 410 800