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.

Membership Renewal - Please update your Member Record

As we continue to focus on our operations, we are inviting you to please update your contact information during the renewal process. Please be sure to renew your membership today through the PayPal option on the website or mail your check to our headquarters office. Login here to renew your membership and update your profile.

Our address is:

PO Box 7
Mullica Hill, NJ


Save the Date: International Rural Nursing Conference, July 25-28, 2023, Carnegie Hotel Johnson City, TN

Abstracts open until January 23, 2023. Submit here:


Call for 2023 RNO Board of Directors Nominations

The Call for Nominations is open for the 2023 RNO Election. Please consider nominating a member colleague or yourself. A nominee must be a current RNO member. Offices to be filled in 2023:

President Elect: 1-year, then 2 as President, then 1 year as Past President
Treasurer: 2-year term
Member at Large: 3-year term

Please send the nominee’s name, the office, the nominee’s qualifications, and contact information to Adrianne Lane at by February 28. If you have questions, please email Adrianne and set up a time to discuss any questions you may have. Do consider this leadership opportunity.  Thank you. 



How to Register as an Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care  User

Anyone may access the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care to read the journal. However, if you would like to be notified when a new issue is published or you may want to submit a manuscript to the Journal for review, you need to become a registered user.

To become a register user, please send your contact information (name and email are required, other information such as affiliation, rank, and credentials will be included if you send that information). You may also let us know if you only want to be listed as a reader or if you would like to have the role of author (this would allow you to submit manuscripts now or at a later time if you wish). Information for becoming a registered user should be sent to one of the editorial staff listed below:

Pamela Stewart Fahs, Editor in Chief at
Erin Rushton, Managing Editor at
Barbara Ann Graves, Associate Editor at
During the Academic Year only: Allison Roma, Assistant Editor at 

You will receive an automatic notification when your user account has been established. This registration will result in the reader receiving the Table of Contents by email for each new issue of the Journal. This list also allows the Journal to claim a certain level of support of readership. See the Journal's Privacy Statement, which assures readers that their name and email address will not be used for other purposes.


Read here about the activities and accomplishments that CMS has made in improving the health and wellbeing of individuals living and working in rural, frontier, and tribal communities in fiscal year 2021.

Here is a link to the CMS document: Improving Health in Rural Communities FY 2021 Year in Review:


RNO Statement on Diversity

The RNO recognizes the diversity of rural nursing practice and is a voice for rural nurses to healthcare agencies, academia, and government. The recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks are vivid reminders that racial disparities still exist.

As an organization we denounce racism and are committed to achieving health equity, reducing disparities, and respecting human dignity. To undo racism it requires each of us to examine our own biases and engage in difficult conversations. We ask you to consider the history of racism and injustice as we care for our colleagues and our patients, for whom these events have caused pain.

Read our full diversity statement at:


Learn more about Barriers to Accessing Quality Care in Rural Communities.

The Rural Nurse Organization is a member of the Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations (CPHNO). Check out the Blog that CPHNO regularly publishes. Understanding barriers to care in rural communities is a key step in promoting high quality care for rural residents. Read more at:



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.


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 grants for rural nursing projects and research, a regularly published newsletter, a refereed journal focused on rural nursing practice, an international conference with scholarship support available, and an ongoing opportunity to connect with other healthcare providers in rural communities across the globe. This fundraiser will help create a 5 year plan to expand the reach of the RNO!! If you would like to help, donate today!