The newly revised fifth edition of this authoritative classic continues to be the only text to focus specifically on rural nursing concepts, theory, research, practice, education, public health, and health care delivery from a national and international perspective. Updated with 22 new chapters, these additions expand upon the rural nursing theory base and research. Content delves into the life of rural nurses, addressing their unique day-to-day challenges of living without anonymity, often acting as the sole health care provider, and establishing self-reliance as a nurse generalist. New chapters provide information on unique populations, such as veterans and Native Americans, as well as specific types of care, such as palliative nursing, bereavement support, substance abuse treatment, and much more. Free, searchable, digital access to the entire contents of the book and PowerPoint slides accompany the text. New to the Fifth Edition: How to develop a research program in a rural area Strategies to advance research The lived experienced of rural nurses Chronic illness self-management APRNs in rural nursing A rural knowledge scale to use with students Advancing rural health care through technology Interprofessional education Key Features: Addresses critical issues in nursing practice, education, and research in sparsely populated areas Written by esteemed contributors in the U.S. and Canada Expands understanding of rural person and place characteristics Identifies challenges and highlights opportunities for innovative practice Serves as a single-source reference for rural nurses, students, faculty, and researchers Print version includes free, searchable, digital access to the entire contents of the book!