Rural Nursing Workforce


Rural Health Research Products Included in this Recap

  • Factors Associated with Perceived Job Preparedness Among RNs: Results From a National Survey
    Journal Article
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 05/2020
    This article examines perceived job preparedness by demographic and professional characteristics among practicing registered nurses who completed a national survey. Rural and male nurses felt less prepared for nursing practice and may benefit from tailored educational experiences to improve perceptions of being prepared for the workforce.
  • A National Survey of RN-to-BSN Programs: Are They Reaching Rural Students?
    Journal Article
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2020
    This study used a national survey of RN-to-BSN programs to better understand their potential role in addressing disparities in BSN-prepared nurses in rural and urban areas. The results are needed to inform policymakers and stakeholders who are responsible for addressing the status and needs of nursing education.
  • Nurse Practitioner Autonomy and Complexity of Care in Rural Primary Care
    Journal Article
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 07/2020
    The increasing number of nurse practitioners (NPs) in the rural U.S. has the potential to help alleviate primary care shortages. Using a nationwide source of claims and Electronic Health Record data from 2017, this study constructs measures of NP clinical autonomy and complexity of care.
  • Perceived Facilitators and Barriers to Rural Nursing Practice
    Policy Brief
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 08/2019
    A web-based survey was disseminated to a geographically diverse sample of nurses throughout the U.S. to assess perceived barriers and facilitators to nursing practice; job satisfaction; and self-identified challenges in nursing work environments and patient care. Of particular interest were nurses in ambulatory care practices.
  • RN-to-BSN Programs: Challenges for Rural Nurse Education
    Policy Brief
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2019
    To ascertain the status of rural-focused nursing education, we surveyed registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing (RN-to-BSN) programs. Using an American Association of Colleges of Nursing mailing list, surveys were mailed to all schools with RN-to-BSN programs. This report summarizes responses from the 237 that completed surveys.
  • Rural Registered Nurses: Educational Preparation, Workplace, and Salary
    Policy Brief
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2019
    Using national data from census data from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample, this brief looks at the reported education levels and worksites of rural and urban registered nurses.
  • Supply and Distribution of the Primary Care Workforce in Rural America: 2019
    Policy Brief
    WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 06/2020
    Maintaining an adequate supply of primary care providers in the U.S. is one of the key challenges in rural healthcare. This study examines the 2019 supply and geographic distribution of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants across rural areas of the U.S.