See what fascinating programs we offered at ARN REACH 2020

Earn CNE from these sessions on evidence-based practice, new treatments, and the latest in rehab nursing, only available until December 31

Rehabilitation nursing is a diverse field of practice, and last month we built a comprehensive calendar of interactive, expert-led online sessions covering a broad scope of topics. Explore some of the recorded presentations sessions below and remember to fill out a conference evaluation in order to claim your CNE credits.

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Keynote Sessions

In our keynote sessions, we compiled doctors, nurses, patients, and other experts in rehabilitation to discuss some of their first-hand experiences.

Working as One: Bridging and Minding Generational Gaps
Amelie Karam
In this session, Amelie Karam discusses the diverse healthcare workplace—and why it’s vital that leaders learn how to interact with colleagues from all generations. This session will help you clearly understand and think about how different generations respond in the workplace and how to use those generational differences to create more favorable work environments.

Get Busy Living: Documentary Screening and Live Q&A
Nick and Lindsay Fener
Hear the inspirational story of Nick’s grueling road to recovery after a devastating skydiving accident, and how rehabilitation changed his life. Learn more about this film and Nick's story.

RNF Research Symposium—Nursing Students with Disabilities: An Integrative Review 
Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD APRN CRRN FAAN        
The prevalence of nursing students with disabilities is increasing. We’ll explore the results of a 170-article literature review examining whether perceptions have changed over time and analyze the implications of recent research—including noncompliance with the ADA.

Founders Address: Reach for Opportunities in ARN to Make a Difference in the Lives of Others and Yourself
Aloma (Cookie) R. Gender, RN MSN CRRN-R
Hear Cookie Gender describe how ARN has helped her make improvements in her own patient and nursing care.

THE MISSION WALKER, By Bestselling Author and Adventurer Edie Littlefield Sundby
Edie Littlefield Sundby 
A story of trust, the author discusses her team, faith, and the body's ability to heal. Hear how after losing her right lung to cancer, she embarked on a 1,600-mile healing walk along the California Mission Trail.

Educational Sessions

Our 2020 roster of educational sessions covered four central areas of interest. Click below to explore the recorded sessions from each of these topics.

Practice and Delivery of Patient Care

Morgan's Wonderland
Brooke Kearney, MS
Learn how the facility has made an impact over the past decade by creating an environment where everyone can play, and how they are committed to accessibility and inclusion.

It's Not All About Wheelchairs: Supporting Mental Health in the Rehabilitation Patient
Cheryl Lehman, PhD RN-BC CNS-BC CRRN
Learn how to realize the importance of mental health support in the rehabilitation setting and to consider the importance of targeted interventions.

Integrating Advance Care Planning as Part of Routine Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments
Maria A. Cantu-Cooper, MD
Focusing on older adults, you’ll hear how care can be individualized for aging physiology and co-morbidities, by discussing what matters most through advance care planning.

Rehabilitation and COVID—What Has Changed in 2020
Michele Cournan, ANP-BC DNP FNP RN CRRN
This presentation will discuss where we are and where we might be going in rehabilitation related to the COVID pandemic.

Falls: Explore and Connect QI, EBP, and Research
Susan Fowler, PhD RN CNRN FAHA; Anne Deutsch, PhD RN CRRN; Cidalia Vital, PhD CNL CPAN; Barbara Winters-Todd, DNP RN CRRN; Theresa Pietsch, PhD RN CRRN CNE
Explore the topic of falls connecting processes and outcomes within three approaches—quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research.

Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury

Rehabilitation Nurses Panel: Demystifying Stroke Care Across the Continuum
Michelle E Camicia, PhD NEA-BC CCM FAHA RN FARN; Debbie Summers; Barbara J Lutz, PhD PHNA-BC CRRN FAAN FAHA RN; Lynn Klassman
Examine transitions of care across the stroke continuum and their impact on optimizing patient outcomes.

Care and Education of SCI patients
Claudia T. Kitchin, RN BSN CRRN
Learn the impairment scale classification according to the American Spinal Injury Association, understand other SCI syndromes, and be prepared to educate patients about the prevention and management of Autonomic Dysreflexia.

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Fertility with SCI
Gina Biter-Mundt and Steve Lau
Identify the human sexual response cycle and understand the changes that occur after an SCI, including a discussion about sexuality in your assessment of patient readiness.

Spinal Cord Injury
Pushpa Abraham, CPNP
This presentation outlines medical issues encountered in Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury, complications, and treatment strategies including nursing interventions.

Managing a Team and Career Development

Being a Change Agent in Changing Times
Susan Fowler, PhD RN CNRN FAHA
Discuss the utilization of models and theories to facilitate successful change, and the characteristics and role of a change agent.

Creating a Successful Abstract
Discuss the purpose and parts of an abstract as well as some helpful writing tips.

Mentoring: Sharing the Love of Rehabilitation Nursing
Donna Williams, MSN RN CRRN
Learn the importance of relationships, behavior and engagement with those we work with, both peers and supervisors.

Leading People and Pandemics
Mary Ellen Hatch, MSN RN CRRN
Participants will identify the key elements of leadership from a rehabilitation nursing perspective.

Emerging Therapies and Alternative Treatments

Non-pharmacological Approaches to Managing Behavior of Patients with a TBI and other Challenging Populations: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Elizabeth Koyle, PT DPT MBA PhD and Katie Palmer, MA LPC
Learn three non-pharmacological techniques to be utilized with challenging patient behaviors.

Non-Pharmacological and Holistic Approaches in Rehabilitation Nursing: Barriers and Breakthroughs
Paul Nathenson, DNP APRN NP-C
Get an overview of regulatory requirements related to non-pharmacological approaches to patient care.

All Hands on Deck: The Opioid Crisis from the Population Health Perspective
Sophie Nathenson, PhD
Learn implications for care and where health professionals can engage with social determinants.

Rehabilitation Robotics: Current Research and Application
Shuo-Hsiu “James” Chang, PT PhD
Discuss various designs of upper and lower limb robotic devices, current research findings, and clinical applications.

Case Studies and Paper Sessions

Our collection of paper sessions and case studies offers you a wide range of topics to digest and discuss—from inspiring stories to how rehab nurses just like you are finding new solutions to the challenges you face every day.

Case Studies

Overcoming Challenges: Interdisciplinary Teamwork for the Complex International Patient
Learn how a team who was presented with a complex international patient, ensured the family was trained and educated to provide quality care at discharge.

The Art of Rehabilitation Nursing Assessment
Adolfo Q. Calanoc, BSN RN CRRN
This case study focuses on a patient's journey from one health continuum to the next, as an avoidable complication dictated his path to a less desirable destination.

Mrs. Jones' Last Hurrah: A Final Tribute to a Rehabilitation Nurse
Gail L. Sims, RN MSN CRRN
The final chapter in Mrs. Jones' journey is an account of a cascade of events which occurred following an 86-year-old retired nurse's seizure caused by a brain mass.

Working Like Dogs: The Role of Dogs in the Rehabilitation
Andrea Dube, RN CRRN
We’ll discuss how service dogs can be integrated into the care of clients with various disabilities, and the legal issues associated with service dogs for clients in healthcare.

They're Just Not Right: COVID-19 and Cognitive Dysfunction
Sally Strong, RN APN CNRN CRRN
A case study presentation that highlights the experiences of inpatient rehabilitation nurses in identifying cognitive dysfunction and adapting care for patients recovering from COVID 19.

Heart Failure Associated Acute Care Transfers: Stop the Revolving Door
You’ll identify best practices in the management of heart failure in acute inpatient rehabilitation settings and correlate nursing practice with acute care transfer of heart failure patients from inpatient rehab.

Getting Over the Fear of Falling After a Stroke—Wildcat Deb
Gillian C. Smith, MSN RN CRRN CBIS
Applying Mauk’s Post-Stroke recovery model to a stroke survivor five years after her initial illness will be the focus of this case study, along with looking at various ways to improve their balance and potentially prevent falls.

Scientific and Clinical Paper Sessions

Trio-Rounding: Perception of Benefits and Challenges by Rehabilitation Nurses and Physicians
Tigist A. Mannaye, MPH BSN RN CRRN
Learn how connecting the nurse, physician and patient at the bedside is a key strategy to improve patient care outcomes and communication measurably.

Rehabilitating your Clinical Ladder Program: Incorporating the ARN Competency Model
Ashley J. Rochel, MSN RN-BC CRRN
This presentation will review lessons learned and suggestions for developing and/or modifying a Clinical Ladder Program to meet the needs of any setting.

Interventions to Improve Dependent Edema Knowledge in a Rehabilitative Nursing Setting
Marjorie Valle, MSN RN-BC; Carolain Paredes, BSN RN CRRN; Julia Murphy, BSN RN CRRN
Learn how to improve your knowledge on the pathophysiology and treatment of edema in patients with brain injury in the rehabilitative setting.

Benefits of Population-Based Approaches to Fall Prevention
Amy L. Hester, PhD RN BC
Participants will define population-based versus universal fall prevention, describe the benefits of using population-centric practices, and determine strategies for evaluating and enhancing their own fall programs.

Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: What is the Future of Rehabilitation Nurses
Tony A. Hilton, PhD MSN FNP CRRN; Jill A. Earwood, MSN-HCQ CSPHP RN; Susan A. Wyatt, BSN RN; and Marie A. Martin, PhD
Explore uses of SPHM technology for functional improvement that can be sustained throughout the patient’s stay—significantly changing nursing outcomes.

Smart Belt Protection to Avoid Hip Fracture in a Senior Care Setting
Rebecca J. Tarbert, PT DPT GCS CLT; Patricia A. Quigley, PhD MPH MSAPRN CRRN; and Wamis Singhatat, BS
Attendees will recognize the effect of hip fractures on older adults, relate the challenges of mobility safety in senior care, and interpret findings of smart-belt hip protection with residents.

Pediatric Rehabilitation: Some Common and Less Common Pediatric Conditions
This presentation will provide an overview of conditions seen in pediatric patients needing rehabilitation affecting the brain, heart, nervous system, skeletal system and other body systems.

Sexuality and Sexual Abuse: Individuals with Developmental Disabilities—Pediatrics to Adulthood
Discuss the criteria for determining developmental disability, why those individuals are at increased risk for sexual abuse, and why they have unique issues related to sexuality from pediatrics to adulthood.

Using Guided Imagery to Improve Pain Management Options
Shanna C. Caceres, RN
We’ll discuss how to use guided imagery as a pain management option, share the successes of the guided imagery project, as well as the areas of difficulty.

Building the Plane While Flying: Rehab Nursing Outcomes Following COVID
Sibil Alexanian, MHA RN NEA-BC; Kathryn Williamson-Link, RN MSN CNML CRRN; Anne Hubling, DNP MHSA RN CPHQ NEA-BC
The program development, treatment considerations, and treatment outcomes of the experience of a rehabilitation hospital will be discussed in this presentation.

Challenge Accepted: Rapid Response Revised Tracheostomy Guidelines During COVID-19 Pandemic
Elaine R. Flynn, RN MSN CRRN CIC; Lisa Pinder, RN BSN CRRN; Deborah Hodgdon, RN MSNTNCC; Nicole Bongart, RM BSN CRRN
This presentation reviews how a multiple disciplinary care team rapidly responded, collaborating to review the current tracheostomy care guidelines in a pandemic setting.

From Rehab to the Doors of Critical Care
Susan V. Brindisi, MS. Ed. MA CHES RN CRRN; Selina Lavache, BSN DPN
Discuss the execution of emergency management, new technology in the care of the rehab patient, and best practices in employee mental health during a pandemic.

An Innovative Approach on Medication Teaching in a Rehabilitation Setting
Li-Chen Lin, PhD RN; Molly YJL Yang, MSN RN; Kavita Radhakrishnan, PhD RN
Learn how relationship-based teaching and the BATHE technique has the potential to enhance patient satisfaction and improve communication to help reduce unnecessary 30-day re-admission.

Medication Reconciliation: What, Why, When, How, Who, and Where
Elizabeth A. Yetzer, MA MSN
We’ll define medication reconciliation, why it is necessary, and identify at least three instances when it should be done.

Impact of Rehabilitation Nursing Interventions in Reducing Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Patients
Monique R. Mercado, BSN RN CRRN RN-BC
Expand your knowledge and improve the quality of life in breast cancer patients diagnosed with lymphedema.

Lessons Learned in Caring for High Acuity Rehabilitation Patients (HARP)
Tracy Huffman, BSN RN CRRN; Angela Harris, BSN RN CRRN
Discuss the implementation of services specifically devot

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