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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. 

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Case Studies

Learn new tactics, measures, and treatments from real patient cases.

Overcoming Challenges: Interdisciplinary Teamwork for the Complex International Patient
Tonya Pipolo, MBA MSN RN CNL CRRN
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, BSNRNCRRN
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
Sally Strong, RN APRN CNRN CRRN
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.

Paper Sessions

Hear from rehab nurses who have tested and measured new treatments and approaches that you can take home to your practice to improve patient outcomes and nurse/caregiver wellbeing.

Scientific and Clinical Paper Sessions

Sessions examining patient care and results of clinical research.

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
Margaret E. Williams, PhD RN MSN CRRN FNP-BC FABDA FARN
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
Margaret E. Williams, PhD RN MSN CRRN FNP-BC FABDA FARN
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 devoted to the high acuity rehabilitation patient within the inpatient rehabilitation setting, including staff education needs.

Effectively Preparing Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Patients and Families for Discharge Home
Marla B. Porter, MSN RN CRRN and Peter M. Cassidy, FACHE
Learn about strategies that include the development of written discharge needs, care team redesign, improved patient and family engagement, and individualized, yet consistent patient/family education.

Paper Session Community Transitions: Implementing a Patient-Centered Education Model in Acute Rehabilitation
Laura Morris, MSN RN CRRN; Elizabeth Wojciechowski, PhD RN PMHCNS-BC CRADC; and Lisa Rosen, MS
This presentation summarizes the process and methods used to develop the organization’s PCEM, the ecological foundation for which the model is embedded, and its on-going implementation.

Influence of Culture and Ethnicity on Pain
Sally A. Gutierrez, MSN RN CRRN CNRN NPD-BC CBIS FARN
We’ll focus on the different ways that people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds view and respond to pain, and care that includes different pain interventions, medications, or other modalities depending on the patient’s needs.

Minimizing Caregiver Bullying in A Rehabilitation Setting
Kerry L. Davis, MSN RN CRRN CBIS
Learn how you can effectively support your team against bullying by creating a culture of empowerment, a culture of respect, open leadership communication and supportive interdisciplinary team relationships.

Outpatient Nursing Rehabilitation Program
Raquel Neves, RN MSN CRRN PhDc
Our program is designed to help provide innovative, interdisciplinary care, maximize independent functioning, promote health, and enhance quality of life for patients and families with acute or chronic status.

Nursing Self-Care and Leadership Paper Sessions

These sessions look at nurse leadership and the impact of work-life balance and good nursing self-care.

2020 Election: How to Advocate for ARN Legislation and Leaders
Steven D. Powell, MSN RN-BC CRRN
Stay informed to further the field of rehabilitation nursing and health care as a whole. Hear how ARN is advocating for health policies, overall goals and specific bills.

Development and Implementation of the Rehabilitation Nursing Academy
Hilary N. Touchett, PhD RN CRRN CBIS, Jennifer Dugger, RN MSN, Lisa Thomas, DNP APRN ACNS-BC CRRN, Darlene Clayton, MSN RN CRRN NPD-BC. Anna de Joya, PT DSc
This presentation will provide an overview of the RNA program, curriculum, projects, and involvement in promoting similar support programs at other rehabilitation facilities.

New Delegation Definition Applied with State Rules for Improved Clinical Outcomes
Ruth I. Hansten, PhD MBA BSN RN FACHE
This presentation summarizes the impact of nursing practice regulations and methods that incorporate the Delegation Five Rights for improved clinical outcomes.

Nurses: Caring for The Caregiver Is That Person in the Mirror
Virginia (Becky) R. Thayer, MSN RN CRRN
This presentation will discuss measures implemented in a rehabilitation facility to enhance nurse’s self-care, as well as a look at literature searches for best practice.

Vulnerability & Resilience: Dynamic Concepts for Caregiver Self-Care Strategies
Emily M. Havrilla, PhD CRNP ANP-BC CRRN
Explore theoretical knowledge of vulnerability and resilience concepts for application to the evaluation of evidence-based self-care strategies for caregivers.

Supporting New Nurses Through the Standardization of a Preceptorship Program
Corina M. James Scribner, BSN RN CRRN, Nellie Bellot, MSN RN CRRN
Rehabilitation nursing is a highly versatile but specialized field, with a longer journey to competence, requiring training, knowledge, and skills to support our vulnerable population. However, rising care complexity, transition to practice struggles, and limited ongoing professional development support causes nearly 58% of new nurses to leave the field within 3 years. This presentation will explore ways to support new nurses through standard preceptor programs.

Wound and Pressure Injury Documentation: A Quality Improvement Project
Mary Ann Laslo, BSN CRRN CCM
Discuss the Quality Reporting Measure for Pressure Injury Reporting, as well as identifying barriers to wound and pressure injury documentation.

From FIM and Beyond: Rehabilitation Nursing Evolution
Tina Roma Fisher, RN MSN CRRN and Rebecca M. Hoffman, RN BSN CRRN
We’ll look at how the Impact Act has affected rehabilitation nursing practice and show the quality indicators used for benchmarking in the IRFs.

Nursing Supervisor Workshop - Preparing for Success
Rhauliza C. Joanez, RN MSN CRRN and Kimberli Martinez, RN MSN CRRN
Piloted at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, this workshop provides skills, knowledge, and clarity on the nursing supervisor roles and responsibilities.

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