Discussion: Care of the Rural Population
Discussion: Care of the Rural Population
Putting together four papers that had been previously written, Write introduction and conclusion, edit each paper highlighted following the professor instruction, for the paper four I will forward when the professor comment on it, and finally put the paper together based on the APA formatting instruction for first and second level headings. Discussion: Care of the Rural Population
NURS 434 Care of Rural Population Review Video Outline
- NURS 434 Table of Contents
- Grading Rubric – Appendix G in NURS 434 syllabus
- Integration of four papers written into one final document
- Objective for Module 6
- Analyze the care of rural population, including reflections on rural demographics, rural health disparities, access to care, and strategies to improve health in the rural population.
- Review Video in Module 6
- Paper includes an introduction to the paper, summarizing what will be contained in the content of the paper and stating why the content in this paper is important. No abstract is required.
- Paper includes a conclusion, summarizing what is contained in the paper and important points noted in the paper.
- Paper utilizes feedback provided during previous paper submissions, to assure content is thorough and accurate.
- Inclusion of Rural Population and Rural Health Disparities paper, Rural Healthcare Disparities Paper, Implications of Rural Nursing Theory in the Rural Population Paper, and Strategies to Improve Health in the Rural Population Paper.
- APA formatting
- APA citations
- Reference list
- Title page
- Use of headings
- Punctuation, spelling, capitalization
- Writing is clear, easily understood, appropriate to practice of nursing
- At least 8 professional resources
- Minimum 5-8 pages in length
- Accountability – Mustang Nursing Learning Team Evaluation
Strategies to Improve Health in the Rural Population
Department of Nursing, Southwest Minnesota State University
NURS 434: Care of the Rural Population
Policy Incentives for Rural Healthcare Professionals
Rural healthcare professionals are less privileged than their counterparts in urban areas with access to all social amenities. Due to this, it is crucial to create competing incentives that will draw more nurses to the rural setting and retain them. Higher and better salaries are always the best incentives for most rural healthcare professionals. Rural areas lack suitable housing and education, so they require better salaries to access these services. Rural healthcare professionals appreciate growth opportunities. Most of them upgrade their education to increase their chances for promotions hence retaining them and reducing turnovers (Sherry, 2018). Young healthcare professionals appreciate good local schools and daycares. When employees know that their families’ well-being is taken care of, they have peace of mind, increasing performance and productivity. Discussion: Care of the Rural Population
Rural settings should construct modern local schools and daycares. Work-life balance is another type of incentive that many rural health professionals would appreciate. Working as a healthcare professional is sometimes stressful and most of these professionals have to be away from their families. Due to this, hospitals should develop strategies where these professionals choose the days they would want to work. Professionals not directly involved with patients should be allowed to work from home hence spending more time with their families.
Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Rural Healthcare Professionals
Most of the healthcare professionals in rural areas are taking up higher learning for developmental and growth purposes. During the recruitment process, potential candidates can be assured of support during their education (Sperry, 2018). These rural healthcare professionals can be offered scholarship programs which will be helpful since tuition fees are costly. Telemedicine is critical in rural areas since it allows community members, especially with chronic diseases, to access specialized healthcare services at the comfort of their homes (Sperry, 2018). In addition, telemedicine is cost-effective since fewer healthcare professionals are needed. Healthcare professionals candidates are attracted to working in telemedicine areas since they can maintain a work-life balance. Discussion: Care of the Rural Population
Financial incentives are one of the ways to maintain healthcare professionals. Higher and better salaries improve employees’ living conditions, thus increasing their confidence. In addition, money is a good motivator that promotes job satisfaction. Therefore, financial incentives increase employee motivation lead to job satisfaction and increased retention.
Most employees in rural areas value flexibility since they work for long hours (Sherry, 2018). A hospital that allows some employees to work from home is more likely to retain its employees than a hospital that is against it. Additionally, rural healthcare providers should also be allowed to choose the days they want to work, promoting a work-life balance.
At Least one Strategy to Improve Health in the Rural Population
Patients in rural areas are empowered to make choices regarding their conditions (CMS.gov, 2018). Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) work with rural communities, empowering people with essential tools and information and educating them on using modern health information technology to their benefit (CMS.gov, 2018). Technology is necessary since these people will keep up with their health problems and research ways of managing them. CMS also supports the adoption of health information technology and ensures that the proper infrastructure is put in place, enabling patients to access any information related to Health. The second strategy is the improvement of telemedicine and telehealth. Telehealth is vital since people in rural areas can access health care services. Telehealth also reduces costs since a more significant number of patients are catered for with a few clinicians.
On the other hand, telemedicine ensures patients, especially those with chronic diseases, receive specialized treatment at reduced costs. Patients are treated in the comfort of their homes. CMS has provided technical assistants who participate in their programs and are responsible for providing health care services. The responsibility of CMS is to reduce barriers such as financial burden, administrative, reimbursement, and a cross-state licensure issue to implement telehealth and telemedicine.
CMS.gov. (2018). CMS rural health strategy. https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/cms-rural-health-strategy
Sperry, S. (2018). Strategies to improve rural healthcare. https://www.nclnet.org/rural_healthcare