Spring 2010

Rural Nursing

Education Partnerships Enhance Nurses’ Skills, Encourage Retention
by Candi Helseth
Programs in Wisconsin and Oregon are helping nurses develop the skills they need to successfully practice in rural settings.

Laura ThiemAdvanced Practice  Nurses Fill Health Care Gaps in Rural Areas
by Candi Helseth
Nurse-owned clinics and advanced degree nurses are supplementing and sometimes replacing primary care physicians in underserved  areas.

Distance Technologies Help Rural Nurses Pursue Advanced Degrees
The demand for registered nurses (RN) with advanced training continues to increase and online degree programs are a viable option to rural health care professionals.

Sidebar: Types of Nursing Degrees

Challenges for Human Services

by Tom Corbett, Ph.D.
The Promise of Spring or Winter Continued?
Despite the current economic recovery, rural areas are still suffering due to aging populations, lower salaries and higher unemployment.

Look What’s Coming

by Wayne Myers, M.D.
Health care reform will bring opportunities for economic growth and quality improvement to rural hospitals and providers.

Around the Country

VCOM studentsby Candi Helseth
Future Doctors Hone Skills on Medical Missions Around the World
Students at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine are learning technical skills and compassion on medical missions in Appalachia and abroad.

Nonprofit Networks Supply Travel Nurses to Rural Montana
Local travel nurses from two networks in eastern and western  Montana can work for shorter time frames and go to more remote areas than most  of their urban counterparts.

Rural Spotlight

Sandra Popeby Beth Blevins
An Interview with Sandra Pope
The newly named director of the West Virginia Area Health Education Center discusses her training as a social worker and other life  experiences that led her to her current position.