May 25, 2023
NRHA Webinar – Ready or Not, Here They Come: New Graduate Nurse Practice Readiness
Join the National Rural Health Administration (NRHA) for an engaging webinar where expert Nicole Weathers, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Program Manager for the University of Iowa College of Nursing – Online Nurse Residency Program, will provide practical recommendations on the challenges that nursing professionals face in transitioning new graduate nurses from school to the clinical environment, particularly in rural healthcare organizations. We will explore the latest research on the transition to practice experience of new graduate nurses, identify the factors that influence practice readiness, and offer insights to enhance preparation programs and support new nurses in meeting the demands of the constantly evolving healthcare landscape.
When: May 31, 2 – 3 p.m. CDT
May 12, 2023
Rural Health Clinic Conference
Join Clinic and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) stakeholders from across the country for NRHA’s Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conferences September 26 – 29.
Take advantage of the educational and networking opportunities designed for clinic and hospital professionals and board members serving rural America.
Be sure to register for both events to save $100 on your total registration cost. NRHA member save $100 more on each event, while those who have never been an NRHA member will receive a complimentary one-year NRHA membership.
By attending the Critical Access Hospital Conference offered by the National Rural Health Association participants may earn up to nine hours ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation.
When: September 26 – 27
Where: Kansas City, MO – Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
May 1, 2023
Forensic Center will use Telehealth to Reach Rural Patients
UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs, Colo., is opening a first-of-its-kind medical unit that will provide forensic nursing care to patients who have experienced sexual or physical assault and any other type of abuse. It also houses an expanded forensic telehealth program that will support rural hospitals and clinics across the region. Across the country, health care providers are utilizing telehealth programs as one strategy to combat staffing shortages, with others including non-monetary benefits such as flexible scheduling. Your chance to discuss rural-specific strategies to enhance telehealth capacity is at NRHA’s 46th Annual Rural Health Conference May 16-19 in San Diego.
May 1, 2023
Summer Internship Opportunities Available with NRHA
NRHA has developed a robust internship program that gives participants the opportunity to grow professionally and gain firsthand knowledge about rural health. To ensure each intern is provided with a rewarding experience, the association offers three unpaid internship concentrations in communications, government affairs, and program services. Internships can be tailored to meet course requirements if students are interested in receiving academic credit. While we welcome interns year-round, NRHA limits the number of interns it hosts at one time to ensure we offer the best possible experience. If you want to learn more about rural health and how to effectively advocate on behalf of rural patients and providers this summer – or you know someone who does– apply soon and share this opportunity.
May 2, 2023
NRHA Webinar – Keeping Care in our Communities: Telehealth as a Lifeline for Rural Healthcare
Thursday, May 4, 2:00 – 3:00 pm CST
Join healthcare experts Steve Barnett (President and CEO, McKenzie Health System), Corey Scurlock (CEO and Founder, EQUUM Medical), and Rodney Buchanan (Hospital Administrator, Westfield Memorial Hospital) in an informative webinar on telehealth for rural healthcare facilities. With their combined experience of over 60 years in successful rural hospital operations, healthcare management, financial analysis, strategic planning, and business development, the panelists will provide tangible insights into implementing telehealth solutions that are both successful and profitable.
In this discussion-driven webinar, the panelists will share how to identify where telehealth can fit in your organization and how to get started. They will debunk myths about the cost and complexity of telehealth and provide best practices for implementation. Additionally, the benefits of ongoing program measurement and goal communication will be discussed to help you gain buy-in over time.
As a rural healthcare facility, you will learn how to evaluate telehealth as a solution for your organization by outlining its components and understanding its potential benefits.
May 2, 2023
NRHA Webinar – Recruiting and Retention for Rural Hospitals
Wednesday, May 3, 2:00 – 3:00 pm CST
Join Jimmie Bilby, Chief Growth Officer at TRS Healthcare, for a webinar on creating a competitive advantage in recruiting and retention for rural hospitals. Jimmie has over 23 years of leadership experience and will share proven strategies, including leveraging a hospital’s Mission/Vision/Values. His presentation, “Radical Recruiting and Retention for Rural Hospitals,” will challenge you to think outside the box and explore new concepts.
May 1, 2023
New Rural Health Voice Podcast on Advanced Nursing Degrees
The latest Rural Health Voice podcast hosted by NRHA past president Beth O’Connor of the Virginia Rural Health Association discusses why rural Virginia needs advanced degrees in nursing with Laurie Anne Ferguson of Emory and Henry, which just launched a master’s in nursing program. “We do know that while some of us have traveled and lived all over, most people tend to stay or go back to where they grew up when they establish a career or start families,” Ferguson says. “By educating nurses in this region, we would be more strategic in being able to recruit … There is (also) a nurse faculty shortage, and one of the ways to solve that shortage is to grow our own.”
May 1, 2023
NRHA Webinars on Recruitment and Retention, Telehealth
NRHA Partner TRS Managed Services will host a webinar at 2 p.m. CDT May 3 on recruiting and retention for rural hospitals. Jimmie Bilby, TRS Healthcare chief growth officer, has more than 23 years of leadership experience and will share proven strategies including leveraging a hospital’s mission, vision, and values. NRHA Partner Equum Medical will host a webinar at 2 p.m. CDT May 4 on keeping care in rural communities and telehealth as a lifeline for rural health care. Panelists will share how to identify where telehealth can fit in your organization and how to get started. Your chance to discuss rural-specific strategies to enhance telehealth capacity is at NRHA’s 46th Annual Rural Health Conference May 16-19 in San Diego.
May 1, 2023
New Journal of Rural Health (JRH) Articles on OUD Treatment, supporting CAHs, More
The Journal of Rural Health, a quarterly journal published by the National Rural Health Association, serves as a medium for communication among health scientists and professionals in practice, educational, research, and policy settings.
JRH is a peer-reviewed international journal devoted to advancing professional practice, research, theory development, and public policy related to rural health.
Several new articles on the following topics were recently published online:
Access to full-text online articles is reserved for members. To access the journal, contact NRHA’s membership team with any questions about logging in.
May 1, 2023
How Midwives Can Help with Declining Rural OB Care
Some midwives say home births could help more patients in the wake of rural hospital maternity ward closures that have left many families with no obstetric care options nearby. In recent years, several rural Northeast Ohio hospital systems have closed their maternal care centers, forcing patients to drive farther and leaving some with no maternity ward at all. Instead of taking on the burden of extra travel, some rural families are looking to midwives to help fill gaps in care. Let’s share rural-specific strategies to prevent rural maternal morbidity and mortality and address disparities and shortages at NRHA’s 46th Annual Rural Health Conference May 16-19 in San Diego.