About

FMRNA was designed to give you - the family medicine nurse - a variety of professional opportunities not offered by other existing organizations. We provide our members with continuing education opportunities for professional growth, a quarterly newsletter and a national listserv. Our membership fees are affordable and competitive with other nursing organizations. Take advantage of what this great organization has to offer you.

We’re a professional organization dedicated to the enhancement of quality health care delivery, education, research in family medicine programs, and to the recognition of nurse's contributions to the educational process.

Our Purpose

FMRNA was designed to give you - the family medicine residency nurse - a variety of professional opportunities not offered by other existing organizations. Specifically, the FMRNA was created to: 

  • Develop and sustain a professional network for family medicine nurses in residency training programs that provide a forum for discussion of nursing issues, experiences, ideas, protocols and support mechanisms.

  • Develop and define standards for support staff in family medicine residency programs.

  • Provide its members with continuing education opportunities for professional growth.

  • Recognize nurses working in family medicine residency programs as teachers of family medicine and part of the inter disciplinary team needed for optimal health care delivery.

  • Encourage publication of materials written by or for family medicine residency nurses.

  • Encourage and support research in the area of family medicine.


Leadership

A volunteer Board of Directors composed of nurses who are elected by FMRNA members from FMRNA's membership. This Board enlists the aide of other members to serve on various committees so that the decision making is constantly driven by what is best for and desired by the membership of FMRNA. The work of the Board is accomplished by working meetings held prior to and at the annual RPS meeting held every spring in Kansas City, one other meeting mid-year and conference calls as needed. Much of the work takes place within individual committees who then report to the full Board.


FMRNA's History and Founder 

Nancy Noble, founder of FMRNA, received her nursing education at Hinsdale Hospital School of Nursing and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Saint Francis. She began her nursing career in the intensive and coronary care units, where she worked for 13 years. In 1980, she began working as the nurse manager at the Hinsdale Family Medicine Center, the model unit for the Hinsdale Family Practice Residency Program. After working with the residency program and as a practice manager for family practice physicians for 22 years, Nancy returned to Hinsdale Hospital where she is currently working (part time) in the neuro intensive care and step down unit.

     Nancy attended her first RAP conference in 1982, and subsequently developed an interest in the education, recognition, and support for nurses working in the residency educational programs.

     Laura Soden from the Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, and the first president of FMRNA, worked with Nancy to begin the process of developing an organization dedicated to the nurses responsible for the education of the family practice residents. In 1988, the committee of interested nurses worked on bylaws and objectives. At the 1989 RAP Workshop, FMRNA officially became an organization dedicated to the enhancement and education of family practice residency nurses.


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