The Rural Nurse Organizations recognizes the diversity of rural nursing practice and serves as a voice for rural nurses to health care agencies, academia, and government, provides continuing education and access to resources for rural nurses with a goal of providing quality health care for rural communities. The Rural Nurse Organization joined the Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations in 2020 to improve public health for rural communities.
The Rural Nurse Organization will host the International Rural Nurse Conference virtually in 2021. The conference kickoff is synchronous on August 6th. The purpose of this conference is to convene rural healthcare nurses and other health professionals, researchers, educators, and leaders to discuss various topics of importance to rural health, including historical contributions. Conference sessions will address these topics: Evidence-based Clinical Practice, Quality Improvement, Research, Education, and Policy/Workforce. Representative of the member organizations of The Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations have been invited to participate in a panel on August 6th to share the intersectionality of member organizations for the benefit of public health. Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, FAAN will represent the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Kendra McMillan, MPH, RN the American Nurses Association, Lisa Campbell, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, FAAN the American Public Health Association- Public Health Nursing Section, Gina Alexander, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators, Shirley Orr, MHS, APRN, NEA-BC the Association of Public Health Nurses, Laurie Fleming, RN, MPH, NCSN the National Association of School Nurses, Audrey Snyder, PhD, RN, FAANP, FAEN, FAAN the Rural Nurse Organization and Susan Haynes Little, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, CPH, CPM the Council of Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. Please visit our webpage www.rno.org to learn more.