'Dental education in the rural community: a Nigerian experience' This detailed Nigerian report of a successful undergraduate rural-immersion dental program will assist others to put theory into practice. Rural and Remote Health Journal, April 2013
'Remote supervision of health professionals in areas of workforce need: time to extend the model?' This commentary by a well-known Australian rural medical educator puts the case for extending the successful medical Remote Vocational Training Scheme supervision model to all health professions. Rural and Remote Health Journal, Oct 2012
'Rural nursing education: a photovoice perspective' In a rural nursing practice course, the students used photovoice to document the challenges and facilitators of rural nursing practice. This interesting article reveals the benefits of this specific research method - in this case, helping students to discover the uniqueness of rural nursing practice. Rural and Remote Health Journal, June 2012
'Recruiting and retaining rural students: evidence from a faculty of dentistry in South Africa' This study from one faculty of dentistry in South Africa determined factors likely to inhibit rural students' enrolment and eventual graduation. While only a small study, it is one of only a few that report on dental students in Africa. It will make interesting reading for those concerned with rural health workforce shortages in resource-low locations. Rural and Remote Health Journal, March 2012
'The BRIDGE Community Consultation Project: building rural interprofessional discussions and group experiences Interprofesional education is a key strategy for addressing workforce issues in rural and remote areas of Canada. This article discusses the BRIDGE project which has been implememented in the interior of British Columbia to explore IPE opportunities for students and communities. Rural and Remote Helath Journal, Aug 2011
'Clinical decision-making of rural novice nurses' Decision-making is an important skill for any healthcare provider. Understanding the process of decision-making among novice rural registered nurses is the focus of this study. The findings have application for practice settings, including orientation and ongoing mentoring. Rural and Remote Health Journal, July 2011
'Points of tension: a qualitative descriptive study of significant events that influence undergraduate nursing students' sense of belonging'
Clincial educators are challenged to prepare students not only for practice, but also for the larger environmental context within whcih they work. This article focuses on preparing nursing students for rural environments, specifically their sense of belonging during a rural hospital preceptorship. Rural and Remote Helath Journal, Dec 2010
An interdisciplinary geriatric component for a rural summer experience'
How do we prepare health care professionals for geriatric practice in rural areas? We can all learn from this project report which provides details and examples from the author's experiences in New York State. Rural and Remote Health Journal, Nov 2010
'Challenges to the student nurse on clinical placement in the rural setting: a review of the literature Healthcare professionals are always needed in rural areas; recruiting and retaining them is linked to undergraduate clinical rotations. What are the experiences of undergraduate nursing students in rural areas - and their challenges? This literature review provides some answers as well as useful implications and suggestions for educators, faculty and decision-makers. Rural and Remote Health Journal, Aug 2010
Innovation in learning – An inter-professional approach to improving communication Inter-professional education (IPE) is recognised as a major way of introducing students in the health professions to the importance of teamwork and communication in the delivery of excellent healthcare. This pilot project evaluated mixed versus single discipline group tutorials of nursing and medical students as a way to promote IPE and understanding of communication. Nurse Education in Pratice, June 2010
'Transfer of learning to the nursing clinical practice setting "...This is the way we do it in the real world." The transition from theoretical setting to clinical practice site can be an anxious time for student nurses. When there is a difference between what was taught and what is practised, do students fall into the theory-practice gap? This interesting article explores a crucial issue. Rural and Remote Health Journal, April 2010
'Influence of the training experience of Makerere University medical and nursing graduates on willingness and competence to work in rural health facilities The rural health workforce is in crisis worldwide. This assessment of the influence of curricula type on the practice location of medical and nursing graduates in Uganda adds another element to understanding a complex and concerning global issue. Rural and Remote Health Journal, March 2010
An evaluation study on the relevance and effectiveness of training activities in Northern Uganda'. Are your staff training programs relevant and effective? Or, as this study of rural health worker training found, could better use be made of dedicated resources? Although set in Uganda, the fundamental issues highlighted here will prompt a re-evaluation of training systems and procedures in any rural area. Rural and Remote Health Journal, March 2010
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