Brainerd Dispatch: Nurses gather in Baxter for conference to boost rural mental health services

EXCERPT: “While there are struggles to function around a severe workforce shortage, the current state of rural mental health care is all the more concerning with a deepening crisis of mental illness that afflicts small towns, remote communities and agricultural hubs throughout Greater Minnesota. In an effort to chip away at the issue, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health experts gathered at Nystrom & Associates in Baxter to convene a conference for psych/mental health advanced practice registered nurses. Organizers billed the gathering as a means for nurses to network and share tips and lessons from their own work. The event also served to encourage nurses to pursue jobs in rural care, internships, and doctorates with an emphasis in mental health to meet those shortages in Greater Minnesota.” FULL STORY: