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Nurse Retention and Recruitment News: Improving Mental Health in Rural Communities

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 29th, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services is devoting more than $5 million in grants to expand health information technology to rural areas, including telehealth, which will help increase nurse retention and nurse recruitment in these high-demand areas.

HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that HHS would give nearly $5.3 million for workforce expansion and the use of telehealth to improve mental health services for veterans in rural areas.

Of that, almost $4.4 million will go to rural organizations in 15 states to recruit and train current healthcare staff, local unemployed workers, rural veterans and other potential students to meet the technology needs of rural hospitals and clinics. Meanwhile, Maine, Montana and Alaska will each receive $300,000 to enhance crisis intervention services through telehealth technologies.

Recruiting Rural Nurses “Health IT is growing in rural communities and its use is even more critical now as we’re expanding access to patients living in those areas,” Sebelius said. “This investment is designed to attract, train and retain HIT specialists who might otherwise seek education and job opportunities away from their own rural communities where their skills are greatly needed.”

Public health nurses are used to enact policy, direct changes and promote health with clients in the community.

More nurses will be needed to meet this need. To learn more strategies on nurse retention and nurse recruitment, go to SelfCare for HealthCare™. Let’s talk about customizing this program for your healthcare staff. CONTACT ME today!

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