I grew up in the community of Missouri Valley, Iowa, that I now work in. After graduating with my doctor of pharmacy degree, I did venture further away to a few other rural Iowa communities, but I kept getting pulled back closer and closer to home. When my husband and I reunited in our friendship after 10 years and were married, we purchased land and built a home near our families that remain in the rural area. I have now been serving as the Pharmacy Supervisor at the critical access hospital in Missouri Valley for the past 10 years.
My family and I are very active in our church, community, and school activities. I very much enjoy the interdisciplinary teams that we have developed at our hospital which creates a consistent team of providers for our patients. The doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and many other departments of staff members take care of our patients as if they are our own family member and in fact, many are family members or close friends. This kind of compassion, stakeholding, and integrity is really what generates a great place to provide healthcare for our patients.
I believe that rural healthcare settings have advantage over urban areas because we do get to provide that individual, long-term, on-going care of our patients. I would recommend to anyone new to a rural area to find a mentor that can help to introduce you to the community. Other great ways to enjoy the full rural experience are to attend community and church functions as this is where the heart of the rural area can be found.
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