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Rural Nurse

A Rural Nurse helps patients living in geographically and culturally isolated areas, who may have limited access to healthcare.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Lead, guide and support other nurses so they can provide the best care.
Treat patients in their homes, during travel, or other non-hospital environments.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll be skilled in all areas of nursing, with the ability to serve as the primary caregiver of a whole community.
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What you’ll do


You’ll evaluate and diagnose patients with a wide variety of ailments.


You’ll teach people about health and wellness.


You’ll likely develop close relationships with the people of the communities you work in.


You’ll be in charge of managing supplies and resources within a community.


You’ll treat a wide variety or illnesses and injuries and may be adept at critical care, trauma, labor, and delivery.

Where you’ll work
  • Community clinics
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Mobile health center
How to become a Rural Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


Get your Rural Nurse Board Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center


You’re ready to work as a Rural Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Rural Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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Nurses Leading Innovation
In many isolated areas around the United States, nurses play a significant role in ensuring rural communities have access to quality healthcare. Rural nurses typically work in critical care nursing, trauma, labor and delivery, as well as in typical nursing duties like attending to patients who are sick or injured.
A Camp Nurse’s role is also managerial.
An Occupational Health Nurse is another type of community nurse.
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