The Rural Nurse project commenced in September 2016, with the aim to work together with rural nurses to bridge identified professional and educational gaps.
As part of the Rural Project we have undertaken an 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.