Contribute to Your Specialty

When you volunteer with ARN you become a leader and influencer within your specialty, you collaborate with colleagues, and contribute your skills and expertise to the greater good of rehab nursing. ARN has many ways for you to get involved, based on your expertise and the amount of time you wish to commit.

The 2019 call for volunteers is now open. Please complete the call by September 30 to be considered for upcoming opportunities.

Call for Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at the level you desire. Take a look at the many opportunities to contribute to your specialty based on your availability.

Just a short time

Annual Conference Abstract Reviewer

  • Time Commitment: 2-3 months (~April-June)
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; minimum of BSN Degree. For Scientific Abstracts, each abstract must be reviewed by at least one doctorate prepared member.
  • General Info: Each abstract will be reviewed by three reviewers. Final decisions on abstracts will be made by the Paper & Poster Co-Chairs who sit on the Annual Conference Planning Committee. Reviewers will not be assigned to an abstract submitted from the same state in which they reside. There are no formal meetings of abstract reviewers. All work is completed electronically.

Annual Conference Poster Judge

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 months
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; Minimum of MSN Degree
  • General Info: There are no formal meetings of poster judges. All work is completed electronically before the onsite conference. Three judges will judge each poster. All posters will be judged by at least one Maters-prepared nurse. Clinical posters will be judged by at least one clinical expert. Scientific/Research-based posters should be judged by one doctorally-prepared judge, when possible.

Annual Conference Session Moderator

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 assignments at REACH on-site
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; minimum of BSN Degree.
  • General Info: Session moderators are asked to introduce paper and case study sessions at the ARN Annual Educational Conference. There are no meetings of session moderators. All work takes place during the week of the annual conference.

Annual Conference Special Interest Group Moderator

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 assignments at REACH on-site
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing;
  • General Info: Special Interest Group (SIG) moderators are asked to lead discussion and take notes for SIG meetings at the ARN Annual Educational Conference. There are no meetings of SIG moderators. All work takes place during the week of the annual conference with reports due 2 weeks later.

Awards Committee

  • Time Commitment: 3-4 months
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing
  • General Info: The Awards Committee evaluates and selects the recipients of the ARN role awards. The role awards include Advanced Practice Nurse, Case Manager, Educator, Nurse Manager, Nurse Executive, Masters Prepared Researcher, Doctorate Prepared Researcher, and Staff Nurse. The work of this committee takes place via conference call.

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Chapter Support Committee

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 years
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; must have served in a leadership capacity in an ARN chapter.
  • General Info: This committee supports and encourages chapter growth. Committee members maintain communication with local chapters and provide feedback to the board about the overall vitality of the chapters. The Chapter Support Committee evaluates and selects the recipients of the ARN Chapter Awards and helps plan and execute the Chapter Leaders Event at the annual conference.

CRRN Audit Panel

  • Time Commitment: 5-6 months
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; current CRRN Certificate
  • General Info: The CRRN Audit Panel implements the points of credit renewal process. Panel members audit a percentage of the applicants each year. The work of this panel takes place via conference call and electronically.

Newsletter Committee

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 years
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing
  • General Info: The newsletter committee meets every other month via conference call to plan, produce, and write content for the bimonthly ARN Pulse Newsletter.

Rehabilitation Nursing Peer Reviewer

  • Time Commitment: open
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; published author; baccalaureate degree
  • General Info: RNJ Reviewers are assigned manuscripts to review by the editor and associate editor. RNJ is always looking for qualified and interested reviewers for manuscripts to provide detailed, well-thought-out reviews to our authors. The work of peer reviewers is done electronically.

Scholarship Committee

  • Time Commitment: 3-4 months
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing
  • General Info: The scholarship committee evaluates and selects the recipients of the Mary Ann Mikulic, MSN, and BSN scholarships. The work of the committee takes place electronically and via conference call.

Writer/Blogger for ARN Publications

  • Time Commitment: open
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing
  • General Info: Volunteers for ARN publications provide brainstorming and written content.

Take your commitment further

Annual Conference Planning Committee

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 years
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing
  • General Info: The committee begins work approximately fourteen (14) months before the conference. All meetings are held via conference call. The committee determines the conference topics, identifies and contacts speakers, cooperates in obtaining speaker information, and may serve as moderators onsite. Members of the Conference Planning Committee are not eligible to speak at the conference for which they are involved in the planning process.

Continuing Education Provider Unit (CEPU) Committee

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 years
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing
  • General Info: The CEPU Committee assesses and supports the educational opportunities provided by ARN and ensures that those activities are within the ANCC guidelines. This committee meets by conference call 3-5 times per year.

CRRN Examination Committee

  • Time Commitment: 2 years
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing
  • General Info: The CRRN Examination Committee assures that the context of the CRRN examination reflects current rehabilitation nursing practice and develops new items for possible inclusion on the examination.

CRRN Item Development Committee

  • Time Commitment: 2 years
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing, current CRRN Certificate
  • General Info: The CRRN Item Development Committee is responsible for the development of 50 new items annually. The work of this committee takes place over two days at an in-person meeting.

Health Policy Committee

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 years
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing
  • General Info: The Health Policy Committee serves as a resource to government relations staff and consultants for information on specific rehabilitation issues, as well as provides input and comments of relevant rehabilitation nursing health policy issues. This committee also evaluates and selects the ARN NIWI Scholarship recipient. Work of this committee takes place via conference call every other month, or more frequently as required.

Products & Programs Committee

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 years
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing
  • General Info: The Products & Programs Committee supports the development and distribution of ARN educational products and programs beyond the annual conference. The work of this committee takes place via conference call quarterly, or more frequently as required.

Research Committee

  • Time Commitment: 1-2 years
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; must have one of the following: research-focused doctorate, MSN, or BSN with DNP
  • General Info: The ARN Research Committee supports and promotes the conduction of research and program evaluation studies that are important to rehabilitation nursing as well as review grant proposals in even-numbered years. The work of this committee takes place via conference call every other month, or more frequently as required.

Rehabilitation Nursing Editorial Board Member

  • Time Commitment: 2 years
  • Requirements: ARN Member in good standing; Masters degree required; published author
  • General Info: The RNJ Editorial Board is responsible for the editorial review of manuscripts submitted for publication in Rehabilitation Nursing and assists the editor and associate editor in shaping the vision and future direction of the journal. The work of the Editorial Board is done primarily electronically, with three meetings per year, two via conference call and one in-person at the annual educational conference.

More opportunities

  • Present an abstract at the ARN annual educational conference. Watch for the next call for abstracts to come later this year.
  • Respond to legislative action alerts to advocate for the policies you believe in.
  • Vote to elect Board members you believe will make a positive difference on your behalf.

Be sure to complete the call for volunteers by September 30 to be considered for the above opportunities. Thank you for your commitment!

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