I am writing a paper that I hope will re-introduce the discussion on Rural Nursing a Specialty in USA. Please help me by responding to this question.
With the start of registration for affordable health care, it is predicted that 32 million new patients will be admitted to the health care system. The forecast for health care staffing in general is poor, in 2020 there will be a severe shortage of doctors and nurses. Currently the health care system in the Rural and Remote areas is already poor. Some states are hiring Advanced Practice Nurses to work independently in undeserved and low income areas. With the uniqueness of the rural nursing practice, and the differences in the nursing practice r/t health care delivery based on limited resources, performance of procedure s/p education that are not done in urban areas, should rural/ remote nursing be considered a specialty a separate entity from Public Health Nursing?