Anxiety and OCD related disorders

Anxiety and OCD related disorders

Anxiety and OCD related disorders 150 150 Peter

Anxiety and OCD related disorders

As advanced practice nurses how can we begin to eliminate disparities in rural underserved areas?
Post your initial response by Wednesday at midnight. Respond to one student by Sunday at midnight. Both responses should be a minimum of 150 words, scholarly written, APA formatted, and referenced. A minimum of 2 references are required (other than your text) for both posts. Refer to the Grading Rubric for Online Discussion in the Course Resource section.

Sample Paper

Addressing Health Disparities in Rural, Underserved Areas

Communities living in rural America face health disparities arising from limited access to healthcare services, poor health behavior, and constrained socioeconomic status. Advanced practice nurses (APNs) ideally have an expanded practice scope, clinical competency, and leadership skills they can utilize to address these health challenges rampant in rural communities. First, they can promote the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM practices and products often originate from the immediate physical and social environment (Kasole et al., 2019). If APNs can integrate CAM into modern health promotion practices, they can make it easier for rural residents to access healthcare resources. Furthermore, CAM products are cheaper, hence offsetting the economic disparity.

Additionally, APNs can offset the low patient-caregiver ratio by organizing mobile clinics. Mobile clinics provide underserved communities with periodic surpluses of healthcare professionals (Palma et al., 2020). The community members can exploit these opportunities to receive services for long-term illnesses, enhance their health literacy, and improve their overall health patterns. APNs can mobilize their institutions into funding these mobile clinics, maybe once or twice a month. They should also promote the mobile clinics among the locals, raising awareness of specific healthcare needs.

APNs can also participate in community paramedicine. Community paramedicine is a relatively new healthcare model that allows paramedics and EMTs to function in an expanded role to address non-emergency health needs (Rural Health Information Hub, 2021). Therefore, APNs would train the paramedics and EMTs, enhancing their knowledge and skills in managing these needs and overseeing their work routinely to enhance patient safety and overall care quality. Consequently, they will improve healthcare access in the rural, underserved areas, resulting in improved healthcare outcomes.


Kasole, R., Martin, H. D., & Kimiywe, J. (2019). Traditional Medicine and Its Role in the Management of Diabetes Mellitus: Patients’ and Herbalists’ Perspectives. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2019, 2835691.

Palma, M. L., Arthofer, A., Halstead, K. M., Wahba, J. M., & Martinez, D. A. (2020). Service Learning in Health Care for Underserved Communities: University of Iowa Mobile Clinic, 2019. American Journal of Public Health, 110(9), 1304–1307.

Rural Health Information Hub. (2021, Apr. 20). Community Paramedicine.