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.

Submissions now open for the 2021-2022 Global Rural Nursing Virtual Collaboration Learning Grant (GRNVCLG)!

Get funding to implement a nursing learning opportunity for the 2021-2022 school year, while working with organizations from around the globe!

The Matson Halverson Christiansen Hamilton (MHCH) Foundation Global Rural Nursing Virtual Collaboration Learning Grant (GRNVCLG) provides funding that promotes collaboration, learning and connections among two International Universities (or organizations involved in Nurse Education) so that nursing students and nurse educators can create virtual learning environments to collaborate on assignments and projects that focus on furthering their knowledge of rural population health, broadening their perspective of different cultures and the status of rural health around the globe while using virtual networking tools, fostering on-going relationships and sharing the results of their learning journey in creative and innovative ways.





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


Primary Care Research Opportunity

Vanderbilt School of Nursing is currently recruiting for a national survey study involving Leaders and Schedulers involved in the scheduling of patient appointments in primary care. 

Please complete the electronic survey at if you are a leader and https:// if you are a scheduler within 2 weeks. Should you have any questions about the study, contact Jennifer Rivas at or 646-584- 6464. Participants can also contact the Vanderbilt IRB at 866-224-8273.

Click here to read more!

Letter to Participants


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


Exciting News!

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, 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

If you are interested in renewing your membership via Paypal, you may do so on 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:

RNO Headquarters

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: 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!

Due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, the 2021 IRNC will not be held in Greeley, Colorado, July 26-29. Instead, the IRNC will be offered for the first time in a virtual format. The theme remains, YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW: INFLUENCING RURAL HEALTH CARE FOR GENERATIONS.  Our conference will begin on Friday, August 6th, 10:00 am to 2:00 PM EDT. 'See' you there! Adrianne J Lane, EdD, RN, CNE (, International Rural Nursing Conference Planning Committee