Rural Nurse Organization
Recognition of the diversity of rural nursing practice. A voice for rural nurses to health care agencies, academia, and government. Continuing education and access to resources for rural nurses. Quality health care for rural communities.
It is with great excitement that we, the Board of Directors of the RNO, announce a new direction and new chapter in the history of our great organization.
As you all know, the RNO is a small organization with an amazing membership base but also with limited resources. Until recently, our administrative needs were supported by a single administrator and the work of our volunteers, who we are eternally grateful and thankful for. However, as our organization has grown and our needs have expanded, we have come to recognize the need for additional support. Because of this we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with a new administrative firm.
Beginning on January 1, 2021, the RNO will be managed by Riggs Enterprise Corp., (REC) a small association management firm located in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. The REC team currently manages the American Association for the History of Nursing and works with several other nursing organizations including the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. To learn more about the Riggs Team, please click here.
In addition to hiring a new support team, we are also asking all of our members to consider renewing their membership no later than March 31st, 2021. Due to COVID, the transition process to our new team, and additional unforeseen challenges, the RNO is unable to access the full breadth of our membership list. Therefore, we are relying on our members to help us build our member list back to 2019 by renewing at their earliest convenience. If you recently renewed your membership through Paypal, please contact Renee Hersperger, our administrative team member at Renee@riggsenterprisecorp.com.
If you are interested in renewing your membership via Paypal, you may do so on the RNO website by clicking here. If you are interested in paying by credit card, you may also call the RNO team at 609-519-9689 or by mailing a check to the following address:
P.O. Box 7
Mullica Hill, NJ
Assisting Rural Providers in Understanding COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities
Understanding COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities for The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is sharing news that CMS has developed a new Rural Crosswalk resource to help rural providers understand how temporary COVID-19 regulatory flexibilities could help them combat the pandemic. Key goals of the flexibilities include:
- Expanding the healthcare workforce by removing barriers for health professionals
- Ensuring that local health systems and hospitals have the capabilities to handle a potential COVID-19 surge, including access to expansion sites
- Increasing access to telehealth for Medicare providers and beneficiaries to help patients get the care they need at home
- Expanding in-place testing to allow for more testing at home and within communities
- Providing health systems temporary relief from paperwork, reporting, and audit requirements
The resource details how the flexibilities impact Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Acute Care Prospective Payment System Hospitals, and Medicare-certified Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Find additional rural health resources on the CMS OMH website.
Looking for additional information on COVID-19? Visit this CMS OMH webpage for COVID-19 Federal resources focusing on vulnerable populations: go.cms.gov/omhcovid19 and From Coverage to Care (C2C) COVID-19 resources: go.cms.gov/c2ccovid19.
JOIN THE RNO TODAY
RNO is an organization dedicated to recognizing, promoting, and maintaining the unique specialty of rural nursing practice. We represent all types of rural health care providers from individual rural nurses to healthcare agencies, academia, and government programs. We offer two types of memberships: Individual Memberships and Institutional Memberships.
PLEASE HELP THE RNO
The Rural Nurse Organization is working hard for you. As members of a global community, we all have a responsibility to allow our voice to be heard. Rural nurses are often underpaid, and their environments are underfunded. RNO offers relief with scholarships for education, grants for rural nursing projects and research, networking between rural areas, and an international conference. This fundraiser will help create a 5 year plan to expand the reach of the RNO!! If you would like to help, donate today!