Meeting the healthcare needs of rural areas with limited medical personnel will require rethinking of some of the roles of workers in rural areas according to an industry expert.
In an article posted on DailyYonder.com, Scott Jensen senior vice president of Career Cert, a division of Carrus, a health care training and certification company, says “Using paramedics and nurses in new ways will be key to the future of healthcare in rural areas.” For instance he says, “Implementing ways for community paramedics to assist with non-emergency medical care will help ease some of the problems associated with access to health care. As baby boomers age the need for health care professionals will continue to increase.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in health care is expected to continue to increase over the next decade. But rural areas face difficulties in getting health care professionals to come. Many of these professionals are concerned that the area they are working in will mean a heavier workload with a larger number of patients as well as fewer opportunities for continuing education. Using things like telemedicine will help professionals develop their careers while living in rural areas. As well as create more jobs and healthcare professionals are in the field will need more training. However a lack of funds may prevent current professionals in the field from furthering their career, and he says, “Continuation and expansion of some of the current programs like signing bonuses and relocation bonuses would help to increase interest in rural medicine jobs.”