What is the Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network (GRNEN)?

A network of nursing practitioners, educators, researchers and students who share a passion for improving the health of rural communities and an appreciation for the role nurses play in serving these communities.  The Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network was created with the belief that by providing a forum that encourages global diversity, and invites multiple perspectives we will improve  decision making and progress on issues that matter to rural nurses and rural communities around the globe.

Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network opportunities are designed with flexibility in mind.  This means that participants can choose learning opportunities, exchange information and connect with others in ways that best fit their needs.


How can we exchange information and connect with others around the globe?

  • Share research, and presentations in the Global Rural Exchange Network Online classroom
  • Provide co-learning spaces designed around needs of participants
  • Provide a way for participants around the globe to post questions and have discussion boards so natural relationships can grow
  • Host virtual group discussions and exchanges of importance to rural nursing
  • Acknowledge the importance of diverse, global perspectives and provide training and learning opportunities that foster and increase “Worldview Intelligence”
  • Facilitate the identification of nurse leaders in different cultures around the world and provide opportunities for connecting
  • Provide opportunities for nursing students around the globe to experience other cultures without traveling while collaborating and executing solution-focused rural community health interventions, co-learning assignments, group discussions, and projects.


 What is our timeline?

We will be spending the remainder of 2020 and 2021 continuing to build the platform, add opportunities and ensure appropriate resources.


What can you do now?

  • Check the events calendar for exchange opportunities that fit your needs and interests.
  • Volunteer to host a virtual rural nursing exchange discussion for an important topic.
  • Create a co-learning space with students and educators in a different country
  • Volunteer to share something on the GRNEN blog, social media forums (Facebook, Instagram, UTube, Twitter) or shared learning space
  • Let us know your thoughts!  How would you like to see the Global Rural Nursing Exchange evolve?  What would be the most helpful


 Fall 2020 Events Calendar (Work in Progress)

  • COVID 19 Virtual Group Discussions with nursing practitioners, educators, researchers and students.  How is COVID 19 impacting your rural community ?  (detail instructions for participation coming soon) November, 2020
  • World Intelligence Model Level I Training Beta Test - August – October, 2020
  • Rural Community Health Field Assignment - Student Knowledge Sharing and Virtual Discussions with participating Universities around the globe – Fall Semester 2020
  • Rural Exchange Opportunities incorporating the Community Health Assessment Sustainable Education (CHASE Model) – ongoing.  For more information please contact Jean Ross, Associate Professor in nurs­ing at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand at  Jean.Ross@op.ac.nz

ATTENTION:  COVID 19 and the Impact on Rural Nursing Practice  and Rural Communities – Virtual  Discussion Opportunities COMING SOON (Nurse Educators, Researchers, and Nursing Students)

These virtual discussions will be held the first two weeks of November and will host the following groups of individuals:

  1. Third and Fourth year Nursing Students who have completed a rural community health assignment during the COVID pandemic or they are currently involved in a rural health  assignment.
  2. Nurse Researchers with interests in the area of COVID 19 and the impact on Rural Communities and Rural Nursing practice
  3. Rural Nurse Practitioners who would like to share their experiences with COVID 19 and learning from the experiences of practitioners in different countries.


Are you a nurse educator with a cohort of nursing students that would like to  participate?  Are you involved in COVID 19 research or interested in hearing what other researchers are up to in regards to COVID19?  Are you a rural nurse practitioner that would like to share your experiences with other practitioners and learn about their experiences?

If so then, simply answer the following questions and send your response via email to Corey@mhch.org no later than Monday, September 28.


Please include the following information in your response

  1.  Include Name of interested participant(s)

(please note that educators who would like to include their students in the student discussions can indicate their name as the contact information along with the number of students in their cohort)

  1.  Location
  2. Time Zone
  3. Provide current role description as it pertains to rural nursing

(please note that instructors with students should include a brief general description of the coursework and their students).

  1. Please indicate your selected discussion(s)
    1. Student discussions designed to share rural community health experiences
    2. Nurse Researcher with interests in the area of COVID 19
    3. Rural Nurse Practitioners
  2. Please indicate (3) timeframes during both the first week and second week of November that would work best with your schedule.
  3. Feel free to add any additional comments, questions, or suggestions

Once received, we will add you to the list of interested participants and respond back with more details over the next few weeks.


Do you have an idea for a Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network (GRNEN) Opportunity or do you have something you would like to share with other rural nurses, nurse educators, or researchers?  If so we would love to hear from you. 

Let us know what’s on your mind.  It’s easy, all you need to do is send your idea, comment or question to one of the following contacts. We look forward to hearing from you!

Global Rural Nursing Exchange Network Contact(s):

Audrey Snyder aesnyder2@uncg.edu

Corey Kilgore Corey@MHCH.org

Lisa Feller Lisa.feller@usd.edu

Jean Ross Jean.Ross@op.ac.nz

Elizabeth Merwin elizabeth.merwin@uta.edu

Diana Vanderwoude diana.vanderwoude@sanfordhealth.org