RNO Blog

BW LogoBelow are blogs from the RNO, if you have something to share email it to admin@rno.org. The below are opinions from our members and not necessarily the opinions of RNO

Pamela Stewart Fahs, Editor-in-Chief,

Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care


Ranking of Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care

The Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care is the official organ of the Rural Nurse Organization (RNO)

An analysis of free scholarly electronic journals (EJ) conducted by Isfandyari-Moghaddam, Danesh and Hadji-Azizi (2015) identified the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care as one of the top-ranked free EJs in medical sciences .

The top-ranked free EJs in the medical sciences according to Isfandyari-Moghaddam et al. (2015) are:
  • Health: New South Wales Public Health Bulletin, PLoS Biology and Environmental
Health Perspectives – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
  • Nursing: Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care and Online Journal of
Nursing Informatics.
  • Dentistry: BMC Oral Health and Brazilian Oral Research.
  • Medicine: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Clinics and Sao
Paulo Medical Journal.
Isfandyari-Moghaddam, A., Danesh, F., &  Hadji-Azizi , N. (2015). Webometrics as a method for identifying the most accredited free electronic journals. The Electronic Library, 33(1) 75 – 87. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EL-10-2012-0141_______________________________________________________________

Outstanding Performance of Rural Nurses:

July, 2014 

The Anna Mae Ericksen RNO Award20140730_122333-1Congratulations! Dr. Angeline Bushy, PhD, RN, FAAN

The Rural Nurse Organization (RNO) is an international organization formed for the purposes of recognizing, promoting and maintaining the specialty of Rural Nursing practice. As such, the RNO wishes to recognize leadership in the specialty of Rural Nursing and the provision of health care in rural populations. This leadership may have been exhibited in one or more of multiple roles, not limited to practitioner, educator, or researcher. The recipient of this award will have provided a voice for rural nursing in nursing or health care agencies, professional organizations, academia, community and/or government. Typically, the winner of this award will have influenced rural nursing beyond the local level with work that is recognized as supportive of the specialty of rural nursing and / or health care for rural populations. The award winner’s work will be recognized as having long lasting influence in rural nursing and health care. This award may be based on recognition of a single achievement or a trajectory of work in the area of rural nursing.
CBeldenBB June 1, 2013
Throughout my career in rural healthcare, I have been fortunate to discover (sometimes through trial and error) some of the most useful practice resources to improve my clinical and administrative practices.  A prime example is the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Originally created in partnership with the American Medical Association, NGC offers healthcare providers and support organizations with objective, detailed guidelines for science-based research and best practices.  NGC considers guidelines from all quarters of healthcare, but specific parameters must be met to be included into the guideline repository.   AHRQ, in and of itself, provides a plethora of resources, some of which are specifically aimed at the challenges encountered in rural healthcare.  As the ACA has specific requirements for reduction in hospital readmissions, organizations such as Boston University Medical Center has put forth a comprehensive discharge toolkit designed to assist organizations in improving rehospitalizations and educating patients to perform effective self-care out of the institutional setting.
Another comprehensive resource for rural organizations and clinicians is the Rural Assistance Center.   The Center’s website offers a wide variety of resources aimed at the challenges experienced by rural healthcare organizations and clinicians.  In conjunction with the American Hospital Association, the Center’s links and tools section presents resources for quality and patient safety in the rural setting and Health Information Technology (HIT) Meaningful Use latest guidance, practices, and quality indicators pertinent to the rural healthcare setting.
Of course, there are a myriad of resources available from the internet, but it is important that rural healthcare leaders and clinicians be discerning connoisseurs of what is considered “best practice” or “evidence-based”.  As research opportunities may be sparse in rural healthcare, leaders in such settings must be willing to reach out within the industry to network with others to bring opportunities to their organizations and, subsequently, the bedside.
For more information on the resources discussed, please follow the attached links:


Catherine V. Belden, RN, DHSc, MSN, RNO Education Committee Chair



rsz_pam_photo_2008April 26, 2013
Last night was a special evening for myself, nurses, and future nurses interested in research in a rural area of upstate NY. The event was the “Nursing Research Evening” at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY. I was asked to be a speaker for this Nursing Research Evening with the talk entitled “A Nursing Research Trajectory to Improve Heart Health in Rural Women”, looking back at my own research trajectory in conducting research to help reduce CVD burden of rural populations and often focusing on the cardiovascular health or rural women. I had the pleasure of attending the poster session for nursing research prior to the dinner and met some dedicated and enthusiastic nurses and future nurses. The event was well attended, booked to capacity according to the planners. What impressed me was the enthusiasm and excitement about nursing research as nursing students, prelicensure as well as RN to BS,from Hartwick College of Nursing, presented their beginning endeavors in the area of nursing research; and the research being generated by practicing nurses, clinicians, educators and academicians from the Bassett Health Care System and surrounding areas. I would love to be able to bottle that enthusiasm and spread it to nurses at all levels of educational preparation and practice. We need to harness that enthusiasm and use it to move nursing practice forward. I believe it is especially critical in rural practice settings, where we need to make everything we do “count” to get the best outcomes for those served in the rural health care system. We as nurses need to be able to identify what works and does not work in our practice. We need to be able to implement evidence-based guidelines, but in the absence of evidence we need to create evidence and in my opinion, the best way to create evidence is through nursing research. As rural nurses, what I have coined “the consummate generalist” we need to be able to look at a clinical issue, identify what is the evidence for best care, where are the gaps, and if there are gaps how do we fill them. In my opinion the answer how do you fill gaps in evidence-based care is “Do research”
I believe it is critical to generate an appreciation for nursing research in practice, particularly in rural areas where resources may be scarce but the sense of community is strong. Understanding, using and being able to generate research in rural nursing is the best way for us as rural nurses to have a positive influence in the practice of rural nursing.

Pam Stewart Fahs, RNO President

Springer Publishing Company is pleased to announce the March 2013 publication of:



Rural Nursing, Fourth


Concepts, Theory, and Practice

Winters, Charlene A.

Pub. Date: 03/28/2013 – ISBN-13: 9780826170859 – 520 pp., Softcover – The fourth edition of the only text to focus on nursing concepts, theory, and practice in rural settings continues to provide comprehensive and evidence-based information to nursing educators, researchers, and policy-makers. The book presents a wealth of new information that expands upon the rural nursing theory base and greatly adds to our understanding of current rural health care issues.  Authored by contributors from the United States, Canada, and Australia, the text examines rural health issues from a national and international perspective.