Rural Nurses work in isolated areas with patients who have limited access to healthcare. They typically work in critical care nursing, trauma, labor and delivery, as well as in typical nursing duties like attending to patients who are sick or injured. There’s a chance you could be the primary care giver of an entire community, so becoming a Nurse Practitioner would be helpful. Many nurses find this field especially rewarding due to the fact that often times patients will be neighbors, family members, close friends, and generally people they are already very familiar with.
Things You'll Do:
- Treat patients with common acute illnesses
- Attend to patients with chronic conditions
- Educate rural communities about health and wellness
Your job characteristics:
Get YourNursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Pass YourNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX_RN)
You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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Get YourMaster of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Get significant clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner (amount of experience varies by specialty).
Get YourBoard Certification in your specialty through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Become aRural Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Become an Advocate
Attending events and getting involved with the Campaign for Nursing’s Future helps fight the nursing shortage.
The career path of a nurse is so diverse! I actually fell into nursing because I wanted to combine my interest in biology and psychology...
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- Community clinics
- Private practices
What Else You
- You’ll have access to numerous state and federal educational loan repayment programs designed to encourage nursing in underserved populations.