History of the Rural Nurse Organization
In 1977, Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane, Washington, was receiving requests for assistance from rural hospitals in the four-state service area. These requests included the need for help with educational classes to be brought to the facilities; clinical experiences at Deaconess, policies, and procedures, etc. An advisory committee of department directors was formed to develop a program to help meet the needs as requested by the rural hospitals. In 1978 the "Outreach Program: Sharing Knowledge" became a reality. The administration appointed Anna Mae Ericksen director of the program.