Who Is ARN and What Do We Stand For?
Michele C. Cournan, DNP RN ANP-BC FNP CRRN, 2018-19 ARN President
The vision of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) is “to transform health care by integrating rehabilitation nursing concepts into care for all people.” Our membership of more than 5,000 professional RNs, forms a community devoted to the advancement and promotion of rehabilitation nursing in a variety of practice settings, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation units, long-term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and academia. ARN worked hard to create and evolve a certification designating expertise in this area. Currently, more than 13,000 hold the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®) certification. To keep up with the ever-changing needs of health care, ARN formed the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB), which continues to evaluate and improve the certification and its value.
ARN focuses on the issues having to do with rehab patients themselves, their family members and support systems, as well as all rehabilitation care providers. We support all efforts to ensure people with physical disabilities and chronic illness have access to comprehensive, quality care in whichever care setting is most appropriate for them. In keeping with ARN’s strategic initiatives, the organization strives to set rehab nursing standards by collaborating with other nursing organizations and rehabilitation healthcare providers, and by advocating at the local and national levels to accomplish its goals.
ARN's visionary leadership reflects the diverse interests and needs of its members. We practice innovation in support of member needs and expectations. We uphold high ethical standards, lead with integrity, and are good stewards of the association's resources. We have a diverse community of members and celebrate their collective accomplishments and successes. Additionally, ARN offers a variety of benefits for rehabilitation nurses to network and develop professionally.
We know our organization is strong, and will continue to grow stronger with more members, new minds, and a commitment from each person to grow the specialty, thereby growing their careers and opening up opportunities and increased wellness for patients, caregivers, and rehab nurses alike!