Rural nursing to me, is challenging and I personally love a challenge. I believe I strive in high stress situations, and I have a broad knowledge base that I cannot wait to improve on in my nursing graduate year at Central Gippsland Health Service (CGHS).I feel during my graduate year at CGHSI will encounter many different patients all requiring something different. Being a rural nurse, you would never know what you are going to encounter each day when you get to work, and that excites me. On any particular day, I could be allocated an adult patient that had been injured on a local farm, an elderly patient with an exacerbation of a medical condition, a patient battling cancer and also a patient that has been made palliative. Whilst all these patients will require the same basic nursing care from me, they will also require additional care very different to each other. These patients would also be allocated to different wards in a city hospital, whereas in a rural hospital they could be in a ward together. Having to provide highly individualised nursing care to these patients would keep my day and nursing career varied, and prevent me from getting tired of nursing the same patients every day.
Another aspect of rural nursing is providing nursing care to patients with limited resources. Nursing in these environments rural nurses would need to be creative and innovative to solve presenting problems. A city nurse may have highly specialised health care professionals to ask for help or additional medical technology a rural nurse wouldn’t have. Having to be innovative and think on my feet, whilst challenging, would help me develop into the best health care professional I could be as I would be able to tackle anything thrown my way.
Being a rural nurse, you need to be able to work autonomously as there isn’t always another health care professional to help you, but also work well in an interdisciplinary team, bringing together the knowledge from each discipline of health to work together towards a collective goal.
In summary, I wish to be a rural nurse because I find the broad variety of patients I will encounter as a nurse exciting, I look forward to the challenges of rural nursing including solving problems with limited resources and I believe I work equally well autonomously and in an interdisciplinary group.