We are ecstatic to have received so many submissions for our Celebrating Montana Healthcare Careers: National Rural Health Day Contest this year. We would like to recognize the students who participated in this contest, and the healthcare workers they interviewed. Each week we will post five submissions. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Name: Keri Tutty, a nurse at the Lolo Family Clinic
Student: Jordyn Englund, a sophomore at Sentinel High
Challenges: Not having access to specialized care.
Benefits: You get to know your patients well and it’s easy access for the locals.
Jordyn is most interested in working in forensics or nutrition.
Name: Hugh Jones, a physical therapist at Deanna M. Harris, PT
Student: Griffin Line, a sophomore at Sentinel High
Challenges: One challenge for rural therapy care is the physical distance of travel to get care. Fewer treatment sessions may be required because of travel hardships. Treatments may have to be modified to get as much pertinent training and education as possible into a limited number of treatments.
Benefits: One benefit of working as a physical therapist in a rural area is the large variety of patient diagnoses that you treat. You must have skill proficiency in many areas to be an effective therapist. I see this as a benefit to both the clinician and the patient.
Name: Kevin Cady, a pharmacist at the Community Medical Center
Student: Lauren Cady, a senior at Sentinel High
Challenges: Access to resources can be one of the biggest challenges of being a healthcare professional in a rural setting. In larger geographical areas with fewer healthcare professionals, resources can be more difficult to access and create challenges for both patients and care providers. This may include timely delivery of care, access to medications, or outdated and limited equipment.
Benefits: Some of the greatest benefits are the relationships that can be developed with both patients and peer care providers. Another big benefit is the ability for each healthcare professional to practice at the top of their scope of practice. With fewer providers the opportunity to be involved in more aspects of each patient’s care (within the scope of your profession) is expected.
Lauren is interested in pursuing a career as a doctor. She is still undecided about the specific field of medicine.
Name: Angie Gulick, the school nurse at Sentinel High School
Student: Rylie Wahl, who attends Sentinel
Challenges: The challenges are the access to healthcare, and the distance it is to drive to an appointment.
Benefits: You know most of your patients personally.
Name: Tanya Germanovich, from Village Health Care Center
Student: Pavlina Germanovich, a junior at Sentinel High
Challenges: There are some patients who come to get help too late
Benefits: You don’t have many patients so you get a lot of one on one with them and their families