National Organization for Rural Nursing – an
idea whose time has come!
time to time Canadian rural nurses have discussed the possibility
of creating a national interest group for rural and remote nurses.
In 2002, a group of Canadian nurses with a sincere interest in
rural and remote nursing determined that work needed to be done
to make this possibility a reality. Over the course of two years,
the small group of nurses implemented a variety of strategies
to connect with rural and remote nurses across Canada to assess
and generate interest with nurse colleagues for a national group
that would connect nurses practicing in rural and remote settings.
the Canadian Association for Rural and Remote Nursing (CARRN)
achieved emerging group status under the auspices of the Canadian
Nurses Association (CNA) and held the first general meeting in
June 2004. In late 2004, CARRN received affiliate group status
and now has a membership of over 125 nurses from across the country – from
sea to sea to sea.
The purpose of the Canadian Association for Rural and Remote
Nursing is to serve as a voice for and to represent rural and remote
nurses in Canada. In addition, the aim of the Association is to
advance this unique specialty of rural and remote nursing practice
through recognition, research and education, and thereby influence
rural and remote health policy.