Rural nursing and midwifery
Rural nurses and midwives practise outside of metropolitan areas, often in hospital and community settings providing services to people with limited access to health services. Critical thinking and decision making skills are required. Working with the community and with other health professionals, rural nursing and midwifery is an integral part of maintaining a comprehensive health service within rural communities.To become a rural nurse or midwife you should first gain experience in a variety of practice areas to assist you in preparing for rural nursing and midwifery practice. Areas of practice which would provide great benefits are emergency nursing, mental health, paediatrics and midwifery.
Remote area nursing and midwifery
Reaching into the geographically isolated areas of Australia, a remote area nurse or midwife may practice in communities such as aboriginal communities, mining sites, tourist resorts, pastoral properties and satellite clinics. A remote area nurse or midwife may work as part of a small team, even if team members are geographically separated from one another, or independently, referring patients when further intervention is required. Often remaining accessible for 24 hours a day, seven days a week the position requires a broad scope of skills. A remote area nurse or midwife is generally regarded highly within remote communities.
In order to work in a remote setting in Australia, most services will require you to have worked for at least three years gaining generalist experience. This may not always be the case as employers may provide preparatory courses, orientation programs and other supports you may require. Whilst completing your Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery or postgraduate degree in nursing or midwifery it is recommended that those who wish to work in a remote setting should select topics which will prepare them to work in a remote practice, such as cultural safety, self care and indigenous...