Rural Nursing: Concepts, Theory, and Practice

Rural Nursing: Concepts, Theory, and Practice

Rural Nursing: Concepts, Theory, and Practice

Rural Nursing: Concepts, Theory, and Practice

Synopsis

Based on thirty years of work by a dedicated group of nurses at Montana State University, this thoroughly revised second edition chronicles the path to creating a coherent, conceptual framework for rural nursing practice. By bringing together research, theory, and narratives from rural nursing practice, the authors and contributors provide readers with a foundation for understanding the special dimensions of rural nursing and health.

Excerpt

This book will provide nurses with a broad understanding of the characteristics of health care in rural settings and what is required for effective nursing practice in this context. the book had its genesis in a small working group at Montana State University, which has been developing a theoretical model of the practice of rural nursing for nearly 30 years. This expanded edition contains information of interest to all nurses whose practices are primarily in rural settings as well as those who are preparing nurses for this type of practice. the unique characteristics of this environment present issues for both recipients and givers of care that are explored in this text.

Several differences exist between the first edition of Conceptual Basis for Rural Nursing and this edition, now titled Rural Nursing: Concepts, Theory, and Practice. the first edition contained chapters written only by Montana State University College of Nursing faculty, graduate students, and former faculty. in this edition we demonstrate a branching out to our colleagues throughout the United States and Canada. Authors from California, Kentucky, Minnesota, Oregon, and South Dakota in the United States and from British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba in Canada have contributed to the text.

As with the first edition, we are reporting on the continuing quest to provide a theory structure, the “seeking of patterns which [are helping and those that] ultimately will help rural nurses provide better care for persons in rural communities” (Lee, 1998, p. xxi). Part I contains the seminal article on the rural nursing theory base, followed by two chapters in which the authors examine the rural theory base and report the exploration of rural nursing theory in a comparison research study discussed in chapter 3. Part ii includes chapters about the perspectives of rural persons, and Part iii focuses on rural dwellers and their response to illness. Part iv begins with . . .

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