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ARN Health Policy Digest – January 2023

We are pleased to present the January issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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Introducing the 2023 RNCB Board of Directors

The Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB) develops, administers, and evaluates the certification program for rehabilitation nursing. The mission of the RNCB is to promote excellence in care by validating qualifications and specialized knowledge in the rehabilitation nursing specialty. Our RNCB directors are the shepherds of that mission, supporting the more than 13,000 CRRNs and bringing the program into the future so it can continue to serve the rehabilitation nursing community.

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ARN Co-Founder and former Executive Director Dagny Engle, RN CAE, dies at 87

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and the Association Management Center (AMC) are regretful to announce the passing of ARN and AMC co-founder Dagny Engle, RN CAE, on January 2, 2023.  

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ARN Health Policy Digest – December 2022

We are pleased to present the December issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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President's Message: What this new year could hold for you

While the winter season falls upon us with all the sparkle, glitter, and magic of the holidays and the promises that a new year brings, I know that you are hard at work bringing encouragement, empowerment, and hope to your patients and families. The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) is grateful to you for your mentorship, advocacy, and volunteerism as you provide support for your organization, peers, and work colleagues.

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2022 Award Winner Spotlight: Patient Advocacy Award

This award recognizes a rehabilitation nurse who has demonstrated leadership and collaboration while advocating for outstanding patient care. This award winner has demonstrated leadership and collaboration while advocating for outstanding patient care by improving patient resources, increasing access to care, providing education to elected officials or community members, and more. Congratulations to this year's winner, Denise Comeaux MSN RN CRRN NEA-BC! 

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Award Winner Spotlight: CRRN Advocacy Award

The CRRN Advocacy Award recognizes healthcare organizations that advocate for certification for rehabilitation nurses and provide support to and recognition of certified staff.

This year's winner showed incredible dedication to CRRN certification. Congratulations to Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation!

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2022 Award Winner Spotlight: Nurse Educator

This award recognizes a nurse who has contributed to the advancement of rehabilitation nursing care through an academic or educational role.

This honor goes to someone who demonstrates leadership ability and effectiveness in the educational development and mentoring of rehabilitation nurses or students and supports the advancement of rehabilitation nurses through continuing or formal education. Congratulations to this year's winner, Yvette Salas, MSN CRRN!

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ARN Health Policy Digest – November 2022

We are pleased to present the November issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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2022 Award Winner Spotlight: Direct Patient Care Award

This award recognizes outstanding practice by a rehabilitation nurse in a direct patient care role. This award allows colleagues, family members, or a fellow rehab nurses to nominate someone who they see as going above and beyond in their every day profession. Congratulations to this year's winner, Tianna Fontanez, RN CRRN! 

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What is it like to be a rehab nurse in a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) setting?

"We celebrate Veterans Day and all the caregivers who provide rehabilitation programs to our veterans." – Tony Hilton, DrPH RN MSN FNP CRRN

This Veterans Day, the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) would like to thank those who have served our country and shine a light on all our members and nurses who provide care to those who have served. 

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RNJ Corner: This n' That

In the January/February issue of Rehabilitation Nursing, there will be a new feature titled This n' That. This is an opportunity for you to share stories of your professional experiences. The editorial board and I are 'feeling our way' with this new feature. Sometimes the feature may offer short stories/vignettes from several contributors. Other times, the entire feature may be one story. For instance, in the January/February issue, there is one story on management of a patient with polypharmacy.

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2022 Award Winner Spotlight: Mary Ann Mikulic Scholarship

The Mary Ann Mikulic Scholarship covers one full hybrid registration fee for a first-time attendee to ARN's Rehabilitation Nursing Conference. Those who applied this year for the scholarship were able to attend the conference both in-person in San Diego and online, for free, to earn continuing education credits and connect with their rehab nursing community. Congratulations to this year's winner, Michelle Hepburn, RN MSN! 

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ARN Health Policy Digest – October 2022

We are pleased to present the October issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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Why should you consider joining the RNCB?

The Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB) is applications for four open leadership positions beginning in January 2023 only until this Thursday, October 28. Hear from incoming chairperson, Tracey Connolly, MSN RN AGCNS-BC CRRN WCC, about her personal experience with being on the RNCB. 

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2022 Award Winner Spotlight: ARN Inducts the 2022 Class of Fellows

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) inducted its class of six Fellows of ARN at the 48th annual Rehabilitation Nursing Conference on Friday, September 23, at the in-person event in San Diego, California. 

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2022 Award Winner Spotlight: President's Award

The ARN President's Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of rehabilitation nursing and to ARN. The current president at the time may select a recipient for this award, which does not have to be given each year. The President's Award is given at the president's sole discretion, and immediate Past President, Jill Rye, DNP RN CRRN CNL FARN, made her selection during ARN's 2022 Rehab Nursing Conference. 

Congratulations to this year's winner,  Stephanie Vaughn, PhD RN FAHA FARN CRRN!

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2022 Award Winner Spotlight: Distinguished Service Award

2022 Distinguished Service Award Winner Selected by the ARN Board of Directors, this award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to rehabilitation nursing and to the organization. This award is given to a member who has demonstrated leadership by participation in ARN activities on a national, regional, and chapter level.

Congratulations to this year's winner, Karen Preston, PHN MS CRRN FIALCP FARN!

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ARN Health Policy Digest – September 2022

We are pleased to present the September issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses. 

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The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses 2022-2023 Board of Directors Installed

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) membership voted to approve new members to their leadership board, who were installed during ARN's 2022 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference on September 23, 2022 in San Diego, CA.

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President’s Message: What Fills Your Cup?

2022-2023 Board of Directors President, Maria Radwanski, MSN RN CRRN FARN, pens her first letter to membership. 

Have you ever considered that we live on the third rock from a giant fireball that spins at a rate of 1,000 miles per hour as it travels 584 million miles a year around that fiery orb? And while that is happening, we have a little spot on this spinning rock that we call our own? In typical fashion, we form a community based on where we live. But just because we live close to others doesn't necessarily mean we act much like a community of connected people. Let's take a look at how we can connect as and to the community.

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A Presidential Farewell: Jill Rye’s final note as president

Dear Colleagues,

It has been my privilege to serve as your ARN President over the last year as we identified opportunities, strengthened our resilience, and enhanced our ability to support you and your patients.

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See the 2022 ARN Bylaws changes that can open doors to new leadership

We are excited to share the good news that the ARN membership have resoundingly approved the recently proposed Bylaws changes.

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The Call for Abstracts is now open!

ARN is excited to announce that we are now accepting proposals reflective of quality improvement, evidence-based practice, research, education, leadership, and/or program evaluation for the 2023 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference, which is taking place August 14–18, in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Inpatient Rehab Facility (IRF-PAI) Resource

ARN wants to be sure that we prepare our members for the upcoming changes the FY 2023 IRF-PAI final rule on October 1, 2022. Use this resource to sort through new information and processes to better understand upcoming changes for yourself or staff. Download this tip sheet for a simple checklist to help you prepare for upcoming changes.

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Hear from #REHAB2022 keynote speaker, Kelsey Tainsh

Kelsey Tainsh has been through more in her 31 years than most will endure in a lifetime. Successfully overcoming a brain tumor at only 5 years of age, Kelsey went on to be a happy, healthy kid and a champion athlete. 10 years later, at 15, it all came crashing down when the tumor returned followed by a crippling stroke.

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ARN Health Policy Digest – August 2022

We are pleased to present the August issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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ARN Health Policy Digest – July 2022

We are pleased to present the July issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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ARN Health Policy Digest – June 2022

We are pleased to present the June issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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ARN Health Policy Digest – April 2022

We are pleased to present the April issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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ARN members save big on tuition!

ARN is proud to introduce two new partnerships with Chamberlain University and Walden University that empower our ARN members to achieve their goals, find success, and make inspiring contributions to the global nursing rehab community. Learn about tuition savings opportunities for ARN Members and other benefits.

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ARN opens opportunities for members to win awards and scholarships

 

This Monday, July 25, ARN has opened applications for their annual awards and scholarship opportunities. Nominate yourself, your organization, or your colleagues for numerous chances to be recognized for outstanding services in rehabilitation nursing.

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About Your June CRRN 2022 Exam Results Delay

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) is aware of our June 2022 Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) exam test takers' experience, and we hope to bring clarity to the situation. We greatly appreciate your feedback and patience during this time. We'd like to shed light on the root cause of the delay, which is the exam standard setting process.

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4 things to know about the Quality Improvement Grant with Dr. Amy Hester

The ARN Advancing Science and Practice Committee is providing the opportunity for up to (2) winners of a Quality Improvement Grant, which focuses on improvement projects within rehabilitation. Applications will remain open until July 15, 2022. 

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CRRN Spotlight: Leslie McConnell, RN CRRN

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The Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse (CRRN®) exam is offered twice a year, in June and December, and offers rehab nurses an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to the field through specialty certification. To learn more about the certification process, please visit https://rehabnurse.org/crrn-certification/earn-your-crrn

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Applications are now open for the ARN Fellow Designation (FARN)

You could become a fellow of ARN! Applications are now open for the ARN Fellow Designation (FARN) - the most distinguished level of membership. You may qualify based on the new qualifications.

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You Could Win the Quality Improvement Grant!

Have you recently worked on a project that has the potential of changing systems of care for patients with disabilities and chronic illnesses? The ARN Advancing Science and Practice Committee is providing the opportunity for up to (2) winners of a Quality Improvement Grant, which focuses on improvement projects within rehabilitation. Applications will remain open until July 15, 2022. Learn more and apply.

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Beyond the Bedside: Rehab Nurses Serve in Many Roles

As a nurse, you can take your career any direction you wish. Encompass Health's Vice President of Nursing Operations and ARN Board of Directors member, Mary Ellen Hatch, speaks to the tremendous career growth she's witnessed in her decades of service. Whether you're an early career nurse working toward additional certification, a nurse leader ready to take on more responsibility or a seasoned care provider seeking other ways to make an impact on patients' lives, the opportunities are endless. Read more

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Happy Nurses Month

We have all been charting a course through the unknown of the COVID pandemic. As we emerge into new realities, it is more important than ever to lean on one another. Together, we can overcome such challenges like retaining our staff and recruiting new nurses to our teams. None of us alone have the answers needed to thrive in this post-pandemic healthcare environment. But working together – each of us contributing our expertise, passion, and energy – we can chart a new course into a brighter future.

Expect ARN to be by your side collecting and sharing your ideas, providing some of our own, and outfitting each of you with the resources you need to succeed.

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Thank you to our 2022 Abstract Reviewers

Thank you to all our 2022 Abstract Reviewers who volunteered their time! Your hard work and dedication will help make ARN's 2022 Annual Rehabilitation Nursing Conference a success. Over 100 submissions were reviewed and scored by our incredible group of dedicated volunteer Abstract Reviewers.

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Pathway to Presidency: Investing time for experience

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Board of Directors and Nominating and Leadership Development Committee position nominations are quickly ending next week on May 15. With the President-Elect position open for nominations, learn how the current president of the association found her way to the head of the table.

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Prioritizing mental health and career advancement for inpatient rehabilitation nurses

The relationships rehabilitation nurses form with their patients is key to helping patients get back to what matters most after a life-altering injury or illness. There's a reason many patients return to the hospital to thank their nurses after discharge. Encompass Health's Vice President of Nursing Operations and ARN board member Mary Ellen Hatch shares how the Company provides opportunities and support to nurses so they can continue providing the best care possible. Learn more

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From Goal to Leadership Role: What does it mean to be President-Elect of the association?

With the Board of Directors elections quickly approaching, hear from the current ARN President-Elect about her journey to leadership.

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2022 Call for Nominations are open through May 15. Apply for a leadership position today!

Bring your leadership skills and ideas to contribute to the future of the organization. ARN voting members in good standing are eligible to run for office and elect future leaders of ARN. ARN provides the resources and support that enable rehabilitation nurses like you to thrive in your workplace and careers. To apply for one of the positions, below, please complete your application by May 15, 2022*.

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The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) achieves ANCC reaccreditation for nursing continuing professional development

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) was granted reaccreditation for nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) for an additional 4 years from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This reaccreditation proves ARN's commitment to using evidence-based criteria when developing high-quality educational activities that promote the professional growth of rehabilitation nurses.

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ARN congratulates Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital for being rated #1 in Ohio

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) gives a big congratulations to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital for Newsweek Magazine rating them the number one Best Physical Rehabilitation Center of Ohio in 2021.

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Health Policy Digest - March 2022

We are pleased to present the March issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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ARN Announces Recipients of its 2022 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Scholarships

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Health Policy Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Scholarship: Yvette Salas, MSN CRRN, and Nanci Steinebach, MSN RN CCM CRRN.

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CRRN Spotlight – Tammy R. Lepucki, RN CRRN

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Since 2018, Tammy Lepucki, RN CRRN, has worked as a floor nurse in a rehabilitation unit for Franciscan Alliance. In her nursing journey, she started as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in 1998 and graduated with an associate degree in nursing (ASN) in 2000.

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ARN Institutional Member, Encompass Health, discovers ways to reduce turnover, build trust

As hospitals across the nation struggle with retaining nurses, one Massachusetts rehabilitation hospital has been able to not only retain nurses but also improve nursing retention rates and trust throughout the pandemic. What's its secret? According to nursing leadership at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts, it's all about communication and keeping staff informed. Learn more >

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ARN Health Policy Digest – February 2022

We are pleased to present the February issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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Lydia Hendrix, BSN, RN, CRRN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, AdventHealth

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"My CRRN has allowed me to stand out as a top candidate for many roles along my professional career in rehabilitation and more," says our Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CRRN) Spotlight of the week, Lydia Hendrix, BSN, RN, CRRN.

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ARN Member Spotlight – Jessica Sans, MSN RN CRRN

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The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) wants to celebrate and high-five you, our members, through our Member Spotlight. We want you to show off your team's successes and provide that soap box to shout about your coworkers and friends who go beyond without thinking about recognition.

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Call for ARN 2022 Abstract Reviewers

ARN is seeking reviewers to read and evaluate abstract submissions for our 2022 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference, which will be held September 19-23 in San Diego, California and online.

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ARN Health Policy Digest – January 2022

We are pleased to present the January issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2022 ARN NIWI Scholarship

ARN is committed to impacting healthcare as a leader in influencing rehabilitation public policy. As a part of this commitment, we want to ensure that our members have the knowledge and opportunity to participate in the creation of public policy and advocacy related to rehabilitation nursing. In that spirit, we are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the ARN Nurses in Washington Internship (NIWI) Scholarship!

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ARN’s President’s Message — January 2022

As we begin a new year, ARN continues its commitment to supporting rehab nurses. The impact of the COVID pandemic continues to challenge our healthcare systems. Many inpatient rehabilitation units have been admitting acute patients. Acute hospitals are challenged to care for COVID patients while meeting the needs of their non-COVID patients.

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Trending Topics for January/February 2022

If you are an ARN member or a Rehabilitation Nursing Journal (RNJ) subscriber, you should soon receive your January/February issue in the mail. Check out a preview of two great articles that will be gracing the pages of this issue or visit the journal online to read the full issue.  

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Heath Policy Digest – December 2021

We are pleased to present the December issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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RNJ Corner: December 2021

Each year at this time, RNJ Editorial Board membership changes and we say goodbye to outgoing members. This year three members are rotating off the board after serving 5 years. Outgoing members are Deborah Almauhy, Terrie Black, and Leslie Neal-Boylan. Deborah is the Chief Nursing Officer of Emory Rehabilitation Hospital in Atlanta. Terrie is a clinical associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Leslie is a nurse practitioner at the Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic in Rockville, MD. Thank you for your commitment to the journal!

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ARN Congratulates the 2021 Member Award Winners

ARN is excited to announce the 2021 ARN Member Award Winners!  The winners were announced at ARN's 2021 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference. 

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ARN Health Policy Digest – November 2021

We are pleased to present the November issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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Thank you ARN Committee Members & Volunteers – President’s Message

During this time of Thanksgiving, I want to express my appreciation for you as rehabilitation nurses. You have persevered and endured through two challenging years not only for your patients and their families but for your families as well.

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Trending Topics for Nov/Dec 2021 issue

If you are an ARN member or a Rehabilitation Nursing Journal (RNJ) subscriber, you should soon receive your November/December issue in the mail. Check out a preview of three great articles that will be gracing the pages of this issue, or visit the journal online to read the full issue.

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2021-2022 ARN Board installed during ARN's 2021 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference

In her last act as ARN's 2020-2021 President, Patricia A. Quigley, PhD MPH APRN CRRN FAAN FAANP FARN, installed the incoming 2021-2022 Board of Directors on November 12 at ARN's 2021 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference.

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Welcome ARN 2021 Class of Fellows

The ARN Fellow Designation (FARN), established in 2019, is the most distinguished level of member, as well as a public hallmark of professional esteem. On November 11, ARN inducted its 2021 class of fellows during ARN's Rehabilitation Nursing Conference.

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ARN Past-President Patricia Quigley, PhD MPH APRN CRRN FAAN FAANP FARN, Bestows President’s Award to Mary Ellen Hatch, MSN RN CRRN FARN, and Maureen Musto, MS RN APRN-CNS ACNS-BC CRRN FARN

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The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Past-President Patricia A. Quigley, PhD MPH APRN CRRN FAAN FAANP FARN, awarded Mary Ellen Hatch, MSN RN CRRN FARN, and Maureen Musto, MS RN APRN-CNS ACNS-BC CRRN FARN, the 2021 President's Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of rehabilitation nursing, was presented at ARN's 2021 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference. 

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ARN Recognizes Dr. Michele Cournan, DNP RN CRRN FARN ANP-BC FNP, as ARN’s Distinguished Service Award Winner

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The ARN Board of Directors selected Dr. Michele Cournan, DNP RN CRRN FARN ANP-BC FNP, as the 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. This award acknowledges her service and contribution to rehabilitation nursing and to the organization. This award also recognizes her leadership and commitment to the field through her active participation in ARN events and activities.

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Health Policy Digest – October 2021

We are pleased to present the October issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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Being a Nursing Leader in Post-Acute Care

Often, leadership training in nursing is generic and is generally based on the assumption that the nurse is working in the setting of an acute care hospital. However, those of us in post-acute care know that these settings are very different, and so are the challenges their leaders face.

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Our Days of Thanksgiving, Together

 In her final message as ARN's 2020-2021 President, Dr. Patricia Quigley reflects on the past year and looks ahead to a month of gathering at ARN's upcoming Rehabilitation Nursing Conference and during the Thanksgiving holiday. The conference will take place virtually November 10-12.

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All Rehab Nurses Welcome to Participate in ARN DEI Listening Session

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​*Please note that the ARN DEI Listening Session has been postponed, and the November 3 Zoom session has been cancelled.

ARN's core values are to provide visionary leadership, professionalism, community, client care, and vision for the future and serve our membership by creating an environment where each member feels connected, valued, and respected for their differences. The November 3 ARN DEI Listening Session will offer an opportunity for rehab nurses (regardless of their membership, CRRN, or conference registration status) to hear directly from leaders of ARN's DEI Task Force and share their own experience and questions.

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Save on CRRN Study Materials

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By earning and maintaining your CRRN certification, you're showing that you're committed to providing outstanding care to individuals with a physical disability or chronic illness and helping them toward the restoration, maintenance and promotion of optimal health – something you already do every day.  

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Get the Latest ARN Updates at the Annual Members Meeting

Join ARN via Zoom on October 28 from 4-5 pm CT for the Annual Members Meeting! In this new, engaging format, you'll hear updates from current ARN leaders on the ARN strategic plan, a summary of 2021, and what ARN is looking forward to most in 2022!  

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Bringing ARN’s August Town Hall Meeting to You

In her October President's Message, ARN President Dr. Patricia Quigley reports on recently held ARN member town hall meetings and provides an update on ARN's membership engagement efforts, including summarizing results from ARN's recent member and CRRN engagement survey. Pat also outlines the path ahead for these efforts and how they will shape ARN for years to come.

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ARN’s 2021 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference Will Be Fully Virtual 

The ARN Board of Directors recently met to examine the risks of holding the in-person elements of ARN's upcoming 2021 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference this November in Providence, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Board also carefully reviewed the results from a recent survey asking members and registered attendees to share their perspectives on this topic.

After much consideration and with your health and safety our priority, the decision was made to move ARN's 2021 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference to a virtual-only format. With much disappointment, the Board decided this is the surest way to keep everyone safe during the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

ARN staff have already begun the work of transitioning the meeting to be a fully virtual event. While we were so looking forward to seeing rehabilitation nurses from around the country in Providence, we are still so excited for the opportunities ahead to connect through the virtual conference. Last year's virtual meeting was an energizing, engaging, inspiring environment where we were all able to come together, learn from and lean on one another. We look forward to bringing the same energy and connection to 2021.

Here is a message from members of your executive committee: 

What does the move to an all-virtual format mean for you?

We're still working on how best to transition this year's event to be fully virtual, but you can expect

  • impactful programming covering a breadth of topics in rehab nursing, available on-demand from the beginning of the conference through February 10, 2022
  • a robust virtual poster hall with the latest in rehab
  • access to more than 60 CNEs if you take advantage of all the content available
  • multiple ways to connect with your fellow attendees during the conference, including breaktime discussions, virtual special interest group (SIG) events, and more.

We'll be in touch with everyone who has already signed up for the conference with more information as we continue to navigate this change.

Attendees registered for the hybrid option will be automatically transferred to the virtual conference and refunded the difference beginning Monday, October 18. If you do not wish to attend the virtual conference, please send a request in writing to info@arn.org by Friday, October 15 for a cancellation and full refund. Requests received after October 15, 2021 will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.

We're so excited to see everyone online again this fall, looking forward to another amazing virtual event with ARN!

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Staffing Models for Inpatient Rehab

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Join ARN on October 12 at 12 pm CT for a live webinar that will review principles of staffing a patient care unit with nurses and various staffing models identified in the literature. Christopher Allen, BSN BS RN CRRN, Mary Jo Barnett, MSN RN NE-BC, Susan B. Fowler, PhD RN CNRN CRRN FAHA, Dan Tischer, BSN RN CMSRN CRRN, and Jason Atienza, MD MBA FACHE will discuss the structure, processes, and outcomes of implementing an innovative team care model. 

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Announcing the ARN 2021-22 Leadership Election Results

Thank you to all the candidates and voting members who participated in the recent ARN leadership election. It is with tremendous pride and excitement that ARN issues this announcement of the election results and the association's newest class of leadership.

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ARN Health Policy Digest – September 2021

We are pleased to present the September issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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RNJ Corner: From Manuscript Submission to Publication

Each manuscript submitted to RNJ is processed through the Editorial Manager software system. Melissa Bellows, the RNJ Editorial Assistant, checks the manuscript to make sure that all the pieces are there that the journal requires. This "check" does not look at the quality of the manuscript but looks at the details required in submitting the manuscript. If the manuscript is complete, Melissa forwards it to me as editor-in-chief. I look at every manuscript and decide if the topic is in the scope of the journal and would be of interest to RNJ's readers. If the manuscript is poorly written and there are many gaps in the paper, I might send it back to the author(s), explain the issues and ask them to re-submit. These manuscripts receive a disposition of "revise, no guarantee of publication". Other times if I feel that the manuscript cannot be revised enough to be published, I will send it back to the author with reasons why it did not go out for peer review.

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CRRN Spotlight: Patty Hedrick, RN BSN CRRN CCM CLCP CNLCP CADDCT

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The Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse (CRRN®) exam is offered twice a year, in June and December, and offers rehab nurses the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to the field through specialty certification.

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Special Interest Group Information & Networking Session

Join ARN on Wednesday, September 22 from 12 -1 pm CT via Zoom to network and learn more about the new Special Interest Group (SIG) program. The new SIG program will be explained during the first part of the meeting and then all attendees will be sent into SIG breakout rooms based on their interests.

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ARN Announces New COVID-19 Conference Safety Precautions

ARN is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for all 2021 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference attendees, exhibitors, vendors, staff, and community. It is in this spirit that ARN has elected to require masks as well as proof of vaccination for anyone who wishes to participate in the in-person components of the conference taking place November 9-12, 2021, in Providence, RI. A negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted in place of proof of vaccination to attend. 

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Emerging Pandemic-Related Evidence on Visitation: Having Someone Matters

In her September President's Message, ARN President Dr. Patricia Quigley examines a recent, first-of-its-kind study that quantifies the impact of visitation restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic on patient experience and safety outcomes. The article is a must-read for rehab nurses as they continue to face ongoing challenges of limited and eliminated visitation privileges for their patients in the midst of the pandemic.

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September/October Trending Topics

If you are an ARN member or a Rehabilitation Nursing Journal (RNJ) subscriber, you should soon receive your September/October issue in the mail. Check out a preview of three great articles that will be gracing the pages of this issue, or visit the journal online to read the full issue.

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ARN & NAON Present: Preventing Hip Fractures Webinar

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Join ARN and the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON) on September 9 at Noon CT for a livestream webinar on preventing hip fractures. ARN and NAON recognize and celebrate integration of expert orthopedic and rehabilitation clinical nursing knowledge, skills, and practices that maximize function, independence and safety of patients living with risk for hip fractures or known hip fracture. Across orthopedic injury conditions, hip fractures are one of the most disabling orthopedic conditions.

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ARN Health Policy Digest – August 2021

We are pleased to present the August issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest of rehabilitation nurses.

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Post-Acute Care Nursing Leadership Webinar Series

Join ARN for the Post-Acute Care Nursing Leadership webinar series! This four-part webinar series presented by ARN Board Member and VP of Nursing Operations at Encompass Health, Mary Ellen Hatch, MSN RN CRRN, will cover main topics in post-acute care nursing like personal foundation, leading people, engaging patients, and peer collaboration.

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RNJ Corner: Odds and Ends

We were notified by LWW, Rehabilitation Nursing Journal's publisher, that the impact factor (IF) for 2020 was 1.645. This is an incredible jump from last year's factor of .931. So, what is an impact factor and why are we journal folks so excited about it? Each year in June the journal receives an IF from Journal Citation Reports. This organization tracks citations from 20,000 journals from 113 countries. Journals are from the sciences, arts and humanities, and the social sciences.

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Developing a Publishable Clinical Manuscript

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Interested in publishing a clinical manuscript but not sure where to start? Join ARN and Pamala D. Larsen, PhD MS RN, on August 25 at 12 pm CT for an informational webinar that will focus on how to identify clinical topics, search the literature, and develop and write clinical papers that are publishable. Time will also be spent on finding the right journal for publishing the article, key steps in writing the paper, how to decipher a journal's author guidelines, and the use of query letters.

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ARN Health Policy Digest – July 2021

We are pleased to present the July issue of the ARN Health Policy Digest. This member benefit provides updates on health policy and legislative and regulatory developments that may be of interest to rehabilitation nurses.

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Reimagine Rehabilitation Nursing: My Asks of You

In her August President's Message, ARN President Dr. Patricia Quigley revisits past months' calls for ARN member participation and introduces a new opportunity for rehab nurses to contribute: Reimagining the rehabilitation nursing specialty by "disrupting—for the better—long-standing practices that leave nurses under-developed, under-utilized, and under-appreciated."

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Recent RNJ Editorial Provides Insight on Self-Care and Gratitude

Gabrielle P. Abelard, DNP PMHNP PMHCNS-BC RN and Terrie Black, DNP MBA CRRN FAHA FAAN recently published an editorial in Rehabilitation Nursing, the official journal of ARN, about self-care and gratitude in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The editorial, which is accessible to all ARN members, is published in the May/June 2021 issue of RNJ. Access the full article >

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Moving and Handling – Hands on!

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*August 6, 2021 Update: The livestream version of this webinar has been cancelled and will no longer take place at the originally planned time of August 10, 12 pm CT. A recording remains available. Get this webinar on demand >

Join Raquel Neves, PhD MSN CRRN RN to demystify the secrets of correct and safe practice. Raquel has been a rehab nurse for nine years in three different countries. She is passionate about stroke and rehabilitation and sharing her experience with others. In this webinar she will explain what moving and handling is, where it takes place, the importance of doing it safely, and best practices.

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Trending Topics from the July/August 2021 RNJ

If you are an ARN member or a Rehabilitation Nursing Journal (RNJ) subscriber, you should soon receive your July/August 2021 issue in the mail. Check out a preview of three great articles that will be gracing the pages of this issue, or visit the journal online to read the full issue.

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CRRN Spotlight: Carolyn Wallace, CRRN

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​The Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse (CRRN®) exam is offered twice a year, in June and December, and offers rehab nurses an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to the field through specialty certification.

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Rehabilitation Nurses: Let’s Join Together to Participate in September’s National Fall Awareness Week

In her July President's Message, ARN President Dr. Patricia Quigley encourages rehabilitation nurses to begin preparing for Fall Prevention Awareness Day (September 22) and Week (September 22-28) to help raise awareness about how to prevent falls.

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ARN & NAON Present: Preventing Fragility Fractures

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*August 4, 2021 Update: The livestream version of this webinar has been cancelled and will no longer take place at the originally planned time of August 5, 12 pm CT. A recording remains available. Get this webinar on demand >

Join ARN & NAON on August 5 at 12 pm CT for this informative webinar as Alena Lester, DNP APRN FNP-C ONP-C, discusses an overview of osteoporosis risk factors and screening practices, and associated fracture risks. The latest evidence-based practice guidelines for the nonpharmacological and pharmacological prevention and management of osteoporosis and associated fractures will also be discussed.

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Apply by August 1 for the RNCB Advocacy Award 2021

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The Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB) is accepting applications for the CRRN Advocacy Award for 2021. The purpose of the award is to recognize healthcare organizations that advocate for certification for rehabilitation nurses, providing support to and recognition of certified staff.

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ARN Call for Scholarship Deadline Extended Through July 15

Each year, ARN offers members scholarships to advance their development and their practice. The application deadline for the scholarships listed below has been extended through July 15, 2021.

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