Effects of size of health service on scope of rural nursing practice

Hegney, Desley, McCarthy, Alexandra, & Pearson, Alan (1999) Effects of size of health service on scope of rural nursing practice. Collegian, 6(4), pp. 21-26.

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This paper presents the findings of an analysis of the activities of rural nurses from a national audit of the role and function of the rural nurse (Hegney, Pearson and McCarthy 1997). The results suggest that the size of the health service (defined by the number of acute beds) influences the activities of rural nurses. Further, the study reports on the differences of the context of practice between different size rural health services and the impact this has on the scope of rural nursing practice. The paper will conclude that the size of the health service is an outcome of rurality (small population densities, distance from larger health facilities, lack of on-site medical and allied health staff). It also notes that the size of the health service is a major contextual determinant of patient acuity and staff skill-mix in small rural hospitals, and therefore the scope of rural nursing practice.

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ID Code: 64559
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: rural nursing, scope of nursing practice, context of practice, nursing activities, skills-mix
DOI: 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60605-8
ISSN: 1322-7696
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2013 00:04
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2013 00:04

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