Kentucky healthcare systems have been plagued by a nursing shortage, and a new survey conducted by the Kentucky Nurses Association revealed there are several driving factors including low pay, lack of staff, and exhaustion.
United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack included the project through Appalachian Regional Healthcare as part of an announcement of more than $3.7 million of broadband funding on Friday.
There was some good news Thursday in tackling health care disparities in rural Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky Univeristy and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are finding solutions through scholarships for students in EKU’s nursing program.
Nurse practitioners are calling for more prescribing authority in order to fill the rural health care gaps in Kentucky. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) says that change is unlikely any time soon.