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.

CMS is planning a Rural Health Week of Action, November 14 – 20. During Rural Health Week of Action, CMS is focusing on the Marketplace Open Enrollment.  CMS is providing numerous resources including Partner Tools and Toolkits, graphics, a social media toolkit, and an application to become a Champion for Coverage. A resource reference sheet can be found at

National Rural Health Day is Thursday, November 18, 2021.

HRSA has announced a number of virtual events to celebrate the 'power of rural'. To learn more virtual events planned, please visit

To learn more about National Rural Health Day, please visit

Celebrate National Rural Health Day | Official web site of the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration - Health Resources and Services Administration


Read Here about challenges and covid-19 vaccine messaging to the younger generation


Click to Learn More: HHS Announces Nearly $1 Billion from American Rescue Plan for Rural COVID-19 Response

Membership Renewal and Updating our Membership Records

Dear Valued Member of the RNO Community,

As many of you may already know, we have hired a new management firm to assist with the logistics of the day-to-day operations of the RNO. As we continue to focus on our operations, we are inviting you to please update your contact information during the renewal process.

As for membership renewals, we are extending our renewal period through the end of May. If you haven't already done so, please be sure to renew your membership today through the PayPal option on the website or mailing your check to our headquarters office. The address can be found below:

PO Box 7
Mullica Hill, NJ

RNO Leadership


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: and From Coverage to Care (C2C) COVID-19 resources:


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 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!