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International Rural Nursing Conference

Dates:July 26-28, 2023
Meets:8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Friday 8:00-12 noon
Cost: $500.00

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The International Rural Nursing Conference
July 25-28, 2023 Registration July 25th 1:00-8:00 p.m.; Conference begins July 26th

2023 International Rural Nursing Conference:

Rural Health Equity in Practice, Education, and Research


The 2023 International Rural Nursing Conference is focused on bringing together rural and remote nurses, other healthcare professionals, educators, and researchers to address the unique and varied health aspects of rural and remote communities focusing on culture, global health, policy, and interdisciplinary professional issues.


Culture: Recognize how culture/social determinants of health impact health and healthcare equity, and adopt culturally safe, client-centered approaches to promote positive health outcomes for global rural and remote clients, communities, and populations.

Health Across the Globe: Examine WHO global health indicators for practice, education, and research strategies to promote the overall health and well-being of rural clients, communities, and populations."

Policy: Analyze current policies and the leadership skills required to promote positive equitable change for rural/remote nurses, other healthcare professionals, clients, communities, and populations.

Professional: Evaluate common solutions to address professional issues and challenges involving rural/remote nurses and other health care professionals to promote a healthy workforce for rural/remote clients, communities, and populations.

Keynote Speakers: Filiz Ozmisir is a healthcare professional with over ten-year experience in delivering nursing care in acute and chronic care across multiple hospitals in Toronto. She is an active humanitarian and community activist who has led many international programs in the global health setting. She is the founder of Refugee Girls Worldwide (US 501C), a charitable organization that helps displaced girls and women around the world. Under the banner of Refugee Girls Worldwide, Filiz and her team initiated and funded programs, including Preschool Program for Refugee Children in Turkey, Food Security Program on the Syrian border, Maternal Newborn Program and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Services in Turkey, Girls Scholarship Program Worldwide, and Educating 1000 Afghan Girls Initiative in Pakistan, Urgent Relief Programs in various countries including Ukraine, Palestine, Turkey and Pakistan. She also formed her personal scholarship program to support vulnerable girls and boys to support their studies. She is presently sponsoring 100 young individuals to continue their education in Turkey. She is also a board member at the William Osler Health Systems Foundation, where she delivered successful fundraising initiatives during the COVID19 PPE shortage. She completed the Nurse Practitioner program specializing in Primary Healthcare and Global Health with Collaborative Specialization in Women’s Health and now studying Medicine to advance her medical skills and knowledge. Currently, she is the CEO of Refugee Girls Worldwide.

Dr. Lisa Hopp has graciously accepted our invitation to be a keynote speaker. Dr. Lisa Hopp is Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond and Westville, Indiana, USA. She is also Director of the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, a JBI Collaborating Center. She holds two bachelor's degrees-one in French from Grinnell College in Grinnell Iowa and a BSN from Rush University. She earned her MS and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since founding the Indiana Center in 2004, she has focused on evidence synthesis, transfer and implementation to improve health outcomes. She is co-author of the book, Introduction to Evidence Based Practice: A Practical Guide for Nursing and has written for various national and international publications. Honors include the American Nurses Association Medical Surgical Nurse of the Year, outstanding teacher at Purdue University Calumet and she was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2012.

Dr. Helen Vandenburg is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan in Regina, Canada. She teaches in the areas of health systems, history, policy, leadership, statistics, and philosophy. Dr. Vandenberg serves as a member of the executive of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing of which she was President between 2018-2019. Her scholarly work focuses on the history of hospitals and nursing in Western Canada during the turn of the twentieth century. Dr. Vandenberg has undertaken several externally funded research projects examining the history of hospitals in the provinces of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. She explores the history of rural and remote hospitals to enhance the scholarship of pre-Medicare healthcare development in Canada. Title: What can the history of small Western Canadian hospitals teach us about rural and remote nursing history today? Topic: In this presentation, Dr. Vandenberg will explore the history of nursing and small hospital development in Western Canada during the turn of the twentieth century. She will explore how the conditions of small hospitals played a significant role in shaping ideas about hospital standardization and nursing education. She will bring attention to some of the social influences, debates, and contradictions of this time that still raise questions relevant to rural and remote nurses today. SMART Goal: By the end of the presentation, participants will better understand the changes and social influences shaping nursing and small hospital development in Western Canada during the turn of the twentieth century.

Whitney Fear is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She was born and raised on the Pine Ridge reservation, where her family has a small cattle operation. After finishing high school in 2005, Whitney moved to the Fargo-Moorhead community where she discovered a drive to pursue nursing as a career. She worked as a nurse in Emergency Medicine, Mental Health, and Community Health. While working in Homeless Health Services at Family Healthcare Whitney made the decision to pursue advancement of her nursing education to expand the services that she could offer for patients. Whitney completed her Master's of Science in Nursing in August 2019 and is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is awaiting certification as a specialist in Perinatal Mental Health after having recently completed the necessary requirements for the same. Whitney currently works at Family HealthCare in Fargo, ND. Her clinical specialties are trauma related disorders, substance use disorders, perinatal psychiatry, harm reduction and LGBTQ-2S emotional health. Whitney feels that an integral part of fulfilling the responsibilities of a nurse should include advocacy for issues such as health equity and social justice. Whitney serves as a board member for Indigenous Association. She is the current Chairwoman for the Fargo Native American Commission. In her free time Whitney enjoys spending time with her children (twins, Isabella and Remy), painting, creating traditional beadwork/quillwork and being outdoors.

Maria C. Clay and Rebecca W. Lewis will be "Identifying the five Factors and twenty Elements that comprise the Rural Health Framework."
The Rural Health Theoretical Framework provides a systematic and holistic process for examining the issues rural populations face related to health status and health care access. The framework's premise being, that the health care needs of people living in rural areas are thoroughly examined and the most appropriate interventions implemented when five factors and 25 elements are analyzed specific to the rural area under consideration.
Maria C. Clay and Rebecca W. Lewis created this framework which is the basis for a rural health course at East Carolina University. The interdisciplinary course has become essential to the educational preparation for any of the health sciences disciplines including pharmacists, dentists, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, recreational therapists, and social workers. Maria and Rebecca co-authored the textbook, Rural Health: A Framework for Understanding the Issues and Their Impact on Rural Populations.

An Excursion has been planned for Grandfather Mountain leaving on Friday at noon; a boxed lunch is included. Please register as an optional fee. If you are staying Friday night, please choose a room at Fairfield Inn, a block of rooms is reserved.

Hotel Accommodations:
A block of rooms is reserved until May 5, 2023. $129.00 per night
Room block under International Rural Nursing Conference, at this time you must call the hotel directly to book under the room block.
Carnegie Hotel

1216 W. State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN 37604

Travel Information

Fairfield Inn 423-900-8640 3078 Hamilton Place, Johnson City, TN 37604 Local Airport
Tri-Cities Airport (Airport code TRI)
2525 Highway 75, Suite 301
Blountville, TN 37617

Transportation information from airport

Fee: $500.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Regular RNO Member$ 500.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Non-Member Registration$ 560.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Student$ 220.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Student Non-Member$ 250.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Registration-One Day Wednesday$ 300.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Registration-One Day Thursday$ 300.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Friday Only Rate$ 200.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Member-Virtual$ 350.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Non-Member-Virtual$ 400.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Vendor$ 400.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Two or more members from same organization $400 ea$ 400.00
Optional FeeGuest (non-conference) Lunch$ 60.00
Optional FeeField Trip$ 90.50

Christine Mullins

Pam StewartFahs

Florence Weierbach

Date Day Time Location
07/26/2023Wednesday8 AM to 4:30 PM Carnegie Hotel
07/27/2023Thursday8 AM to 4:30 PM Carnegie Hotel
07/28/2023Friday8 AM to 4:30 PM Carnegie Hotel
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