Rural Nursing is a term to describe small hospital or small town
nursing. Nurses today are going into specialized fields, much as
doctors do. With rural nursing, the nurse does not specialize. She or
he works much as a general practitioner does. She is flexible enough
to work in many departments. And she is skilled in many more things,
more so than a specialist.
Rural Nurses may work in the Emergency Room one day and work the
Medical Floor the next. Or she may work different departments at any
time during the shift. A rural nurse can talk with a orthopedic
surgeon as well as a pediatrician, and perform the duties assigned
to the specialized patient. Rural nurses are able to read EKG monitors,
start IV's, and remove sutures.
Rural nurses are able to tend to patients from the new born to the
oldest person in the community.