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  • November 03, 2023 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    This blog post was prepared by RNO Website Committee Chair Joan Grant Keltner.

    • A report, Rural Healthy People 2030, recently identified major rural health priorities over the next 10 years. These priorities are essential for rural health providers, researchers, and key policy leaders in working together to address these top concerns. Health Care Access and Quality was identified as the single, most paramount issue for those living in rural areas, with several top-ranking categories, including Mental Health and Mental Disorders, 2) Addiction, 3) Overweight and Obesity, and 4) Drug and Alcohol Use. Health promotion, drug and alcohol use, preventive care, and nutrition/healthy eating were important health behaviors, with a special focus on older adults, children, and adolescents (Callahan et al., 2023).

    Callaghan, T., Kassabian, M., Johnson, N., Shrestha, A., Helduser, J., Horel, S., Bolin, J. N., & Ferdinand, A. O. (2023). Rural healthy people 2030: New decade, new challenges. Preventive Medicine Reports, 33, 102176.

    • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking information until November 23 from rural health professionals regarding strategies to enhance general maternal healthcare outcomes. The FCC posed several questions and desires information regarding the efficacy of broadband-enabled technologies, solutions, and services used for maternal care and barriers that prevent virtual care visits and remote patient monitoring services to pregnant and postpartum women. As healthcare professionals, we are a key element in providing answers to these questions about broadband connectivity and maternal health at:

  • October 05, 2023 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    This blog post was prepared by RNO Website Committee Chair Joan Grant Keltner.

    • Over three million individuals who live in rural areas use the Veterans Affairs for their medical care (AARP, 2016). These older individuals are more likely to take multiple medications to manage chronic health conditions. In one study, almost 77% of veteran geriatric patients seen in the Emergency Department had five or more prescription medications, with over 80% taking at least one high-risk medication (Morizio et al., 2021). Unfortunately, taking this number increases the risk for medication errors and can lead to other deleterious side effects, such as falls. In examining useful interventions to improve medication adherence and management, the IMPROVE program used face-to face consultation, with recommendations, education, and other strategies. The IMPROVE program showed a 75% or greater improvement in the timing and dosages of prescribed medications, with a 14% decrease in potentially inappropriate medications. This pharmacist-led program is now available in local and rural Community-based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). More information about implementing a Rural Promising Practice is available at or by email at (Source:
    American Association of Retired Persons ([AARP], 2016). Chronic conditions among Americans.

    Morizio, P. L., Mistry, V., McKnight, A., Pepin, M. J., Bryan, W. E., Owenby, R. K., Previll, L., & Ragsdale, L. C. (2021). Polypharmacy and high-risk medications in older veterans presenting for emergency care. Journal of Geriatric Emergency Medicine, 2(12), Article 3.

    • Over the last several years, rural physicians have progressively decreased in number while nurse practitioners (NPs) have increased, leaving a pathway for many NPs to meet the healthcare needs of individuals who live in rural areas. About 90% of NPs are certified in primary care, 70% deliver that care, and represent about one out of four rural providers (AANP, 2020, 2022). These statistics indicate NPs provide comprehensive care to rural patients through health promotion and prevention and management of chronic illnesses. Measuring this valuable care that results in positive health outcomes in rural patients is essential to share among ourselves but also with others who have an active voice in advancing our discipline.

    AANP (2020, November 19). AANP highlights NP Role in providing accessible rural health care during pandemic.

    AANP (2022). 2022 AANP National Nurse Practitioner Workforce Survey — Preliminary analysis.*1j7cjqc*_gcl_au*MTYwNzE1MDI4NC4xNjk1MDg1MjY4

  • September 26, 2023 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    This blog post was prepared by RNO Website Committee Chair Joan Grant Keltner.

    Below are three programs that will potentially provide essential services, safer living areas, job opportunities, and valuable resources for individuals who live in rural areas.

    • The USDA is contributing more than 800 million dollars toward improving rural electric services to connect thousands of individuals in rural areas. Another key service is to provide clean drinking water (e.g., removing steel, lead, and cast-iron service lines), and wastewater systems. These efforts will offer rural employment opportunities for close to 500,000 individuals in 36 states and two U.S. territories. Loans or grants also are available to provide these improvements in low-income communities. (Source:
  • February 06, 2023 11:37 AM | Deleted user

    Just as orthopedic nurses are skilled at caring for the musculoskeletal system, and cardiac nurses specialize in caring for the heart, rural nurses are skilled at knowing a little bit about everything and balancing the needs of their patients with the often limited resources in small and sometimes isolated parts of the country.

    With this realization, NRHA is excited to launch its Rural Health Nursing Certification Program! Join us for a webinar about this brand new, multifaceted course designed to equip rural nurses with the information they need and a network of colleagues to help them provide quality care in rural settings while recognizing and celebrating their vast skill sets.

    For more information, see below:

    Nursing Certification Program Webinar on February 21st at 1 pm EST – register here

    Enrollment is open for all Certification Programs for 2023 Cohorts - visit our website for details and application information at

  • January 18, 2023 2:54 PM | Deleted user

    The 2023 election is now closed. Please check back in early 2024 for the next election cycle.

    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, 2023. 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. 

Phone: 1 (609) 519-9689

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Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

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