Rur­al Nursing

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 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!

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion please sub­mit an enquiry here.

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. 

Click here for more infor­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter.

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.