Registration for the 2024 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference is Now Open – Early Bird Rates Available through April 1

in celebrating ARN's 50th conference at the this August. ARN is proud to continue to provide rehabilitation nurses with scheduling options to attend conferences through their busy schedules. Receive your CEUs from inspirational live sessions and on-demand recordings when you attend both virtually (August 5 and 6) and in-person (August 11-13) in San Antonio, TX.

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Improve Your Leadership Skills with Three New Courses

ARN has partnered with Walden University College of Nursing to offer three leadership courses. Below is a brief overview of each course.

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ARN 2023 Award Winner

Congratulations to the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) member award winners. Several awards were presented at ARN's 2023 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference last August in Providence, Rhode Island, including the President's Award.

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Introducing the 2024 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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RNJ Trending Topics: January/February 2024

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

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President's Message: My Nursing Journey and How You Can Make an Impact on ARN's 50th Anniversary

Maureen Musto, MS APRN-CNS ACNS-BC CRRN FARN, president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) for the 2023–2025 term, shares her story on becoming a rehabilitation nurse and her leadership journey in practice and as an ARN volunteer.

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Join ARN's New Engagement Committee

ARN's volunteer opportunities are expanding with a new committee focused on member initiatives and improvements. The new ARN Engagement Committee maintains a forward-thinking approach in all engagement initiatives involving ARN's members, CRRN®, and non-members.

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Incoming Board President's Official Statement to Membership

​Incoming Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Board of Directors President, Maureen Musto, MS RN APRN-CNS ACNS-BC CRRN FARN, addresses ARN membership after the unexpected passing of the ARN Board of Directors President, Mary Ellen Hatch, MSN RN CRRN FARN. 

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Present Your Way at ARN's 2024 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference

When you present at ARN's 2024 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference, you're in control of not just the subject matter, but also the format of your presentation. Don't feel confined to delivering a TED Talk on rehabilitation! Explore the diverse options available to convey your knowledge and insights to your fellow rehabilitation nursing community. 

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ARN Health Policy Digest - November 2023

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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How to Identify and Present on Learning Gaps

ARN's Rehabilitation Nursing Conference is renowned for delivering exceptional educational content. To ensure a commitment to delivering the latest advances in rehabilitation, the ARN Conference Planning Subcommittee diligently identifies and addresses areas where knowledge or professional practice gaps exist. 

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Meet the Dedicated Volunteers Behind the CRRN® Success Suite

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) would like to recognize the dedicated individuals who have contributed significantly to the development of ARN's new , available now. This suite of Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®) test prep packages is designed to support test-takers throughout the studying process based on individual learning needs. Sign up for the December CRRN exam by the final deadline, November 1.

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President's Message: My Unexpected Path to Rehabilitation

Mary Ellen Hatch, MSN RN CRRN FARN, the President of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) for the 2023-2024 term, extends a heartfelt message to ARN members and the wider public, reflecting on her unexpected path to nursing and leadership. 

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2023 Award Winner Spotlight: Direct Patient Care Nurse

Congratulations to the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) member award winners. These awards were presented at ARN's 2023 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference this August in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Dr. Amy Hester Inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Amy Hester PhD, RN, BC, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer, HD Nursing, LLC has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy). Dr, Hester is the 2022-2023 Chair of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Advancing Science and Practice Committee.  Congratulations on your honor, Dr. Hester! 

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2023 Award Winner Spotlight: Mary Ann Mikulic Scholarship

​Congratulations to the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) member award winners. These awards were presented at ARN's 2023 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference this August in Providence, Rhode Island.

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It's Here: ARN's New CRRN Success Suite

ARN is pleased to announce the new CRRN Success Suite, available now. This suite of Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®) test prep packages is designed to support test-takers throughout the studying process based on individual learning needs. 

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RNJ Trending Topics: September/October

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 the articles that will be gracing the pages of this issue or visit the journal online to read the full issue. Also this month, continue to see the new covers for the RNJ

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Help Wanted: Volunteer and be Part of the Future of Rehabilitation Nursing

​The 2023 Call for Volunteers is now open! Take the next steps in your rehab nursing career by working alongside some of the top-tier professionals in your field.No matter your availability, skills, or experience - there is an opportunity for everyone! This article, by Linda Pierce, PhD MSN RN CRRN FAAN, a long-time ARN member and volunteer, shares her thoughts about the importance of volunteering and the valuable experience that you can gain.

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2023 ARN Fellows Announced

Join the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) as we congratulate the 2023 inducted class of Fellows on earning their ARN Fellow Designation (FARN) designation. 

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2023 Call for Volunteers Now Open

ARN is now looking for volunteers for 2024 and has many ways for you to get involved. Position yourself as a thought leader, surround yourself with like-minded professionals, and share your interest through an ARN engagement or volunteer opportunity. No matter your availability, skills, or experience - there is an opportunity for everyone! The deadline to apply is September 30.

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The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses 2023-2024 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 August 18, 2023, in Providence, RI.

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2024 Call for Proposals Now Open

Be part of ARN's 50th rehabilitation nursing conference. Submit your proposals reflective of quality improvement, evidence-based practice, research, education, leadership, and/or program evaluation ARN's 2024 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference in August 2024. This event will be presented in a hybrid setting, both virtually (dates to be announced soon) and in-person (August 11-13) in San Antonio, TX.  

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Not Receiving ARN Emails? This May Help...

If you or a colleague have not been receiving emails from ARN consistently, you could be unsubscribed or your employer could have a firewall in place. Learn more about what may be occurring when it comes to receiving emails from ARN to your inbox. 

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See the New SIG Structure

ARN heard your feedback and is excited to announce our new Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that will be launching this year at ! ARN has begun focusing all of our existing SIGs into these four (4) SIGs to increase opportunities and engagement within our SIGs.

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RNJ Trending Topics: June and July

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

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2024 Elections are Now Open

 Cast your vote for the 2024 slate to approve the Board of Directors and Nominating and Leadership Development Committee! 

On June 8, you should have received a ballot via email with the subject line "Your ARN 2024 Board Elections Ballot." This email contains your link to complete a ballot for the 2024 ARN election. If you do not see that email, please check your spam folder, and feel free to reach out to .

As a voting member of ARN, you have the opportunity to vote on the slate that represents the incoming leadership of ARN. Learn more about this year's candidates and vote by July 15, 2023, to make your voice be heard. 
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RNJ Readership Survey Results

​ARN recently sent out a one-question survey asking readers (and non-readers) what topics they would like to see more of in the Rehabilitation Nursing Journal (RNJ). See the topics, below, and consider submitting articles to the RNJ! 

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Contribute to the 50th Rehab Nursing Conference by Joining the Planning Team

Contribute your ideas, review past conference evaluations, recruit speakers, select educational content, and so much more when you join the 2023 Conference Planning Subcommittee. See the qualifications, below, and learn more about how you can volunteer to plan ARN's 2024 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference both virtually and in-person for ARN's 50th conference celebration. Submit your application by June 30th to be considered. 

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Chapter Leaders and Members invited to Upcoming Webinar

On June 21, 2023, at 12 PM CST, the ARN Chapter Support Committee invites all chapter leaders and members to the webinar "ARN Education for Chapters" to learn how to develop and present CEUs to your chapter.  

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2023 ARN Awards and Scholarships Now Open

Celebrate accomplishments and recognize your peers or yourself with ARN's Member Awards and Scholarships, now open through June 15, 2023.

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REflections of You: Happy Nurses Month

ARN Board of Directors President, Maria Radwanski, MSN RN CRRN CMGT-BC FARN, uses this Nurses Month's theme of showcasing descriptive "re"hab nursing verbs and adjectives in action to describe our members and community. Radwanski goes on to discuss "The Present, the New, and the Future of REhabilitation Nursing" in her letter to the membership for this Nurses Month, below. 

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Volunteer to Be a Breakout Moderator at #REHAB2023

We can't wait to see everyone at ARN's 2023 Rehabilitation Nursing Conference! Are you looking to do more than just attend #REHAB2023? Volunteer as a Breakout Moderator! 

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9 Ways Rehabilitation Nurses can Maintain a Healthy Well-Being

This Nurses Month (May 1-31), we are celebrating the incredible work our members, and all nurses, do to support patients and families. May is also Mental Health Awareness month. In line with the American Nurses Association's (ANA) first week of Nurses Month of self-care, ARN joins the conversation to support our rehab nurses in ways to improve your self-care and remind you to put yourself first. 

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ARN Celebrates Nurses Month this May

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) joins the American Nurses Association (ANA) in celebrating Nurses Month this May. While nurses deserve to be recognized more than just one month or a week out of a year, ARN would like to take this time to acknowledge the impact that rehabilitation nurses make throughout the year.

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RNJ Trending Topics: May and June

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

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The Role of Rehabilitation Throughout Cancer Treatment

Rehabilitation is a healthcare service that can help people maximize their physical, cognitive, and emotional functions. A rehabilitation program can benefit patients diagnosed with severe cancer like mesothelioma, a rare form of respiratory cancer.  Meanwhile, you might ask: how can rehabilitation help during a patient's cancer treatment? What rehabilitation therapies exist for people with cancer? 

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ARN Celebrates National Volunteer Week

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) would like to take this week (April 16-22) to recognize our hard working committees and volunteers who make a big difference in the organization and throughout the field of rehabilitation. Hear from President of ARN, Maria Radwanski MSN FARN RN CRRN CMGT-BC, as she pens a letter to our volunteers, and see the list of our committees who move this organization forward through their hard work and efforts. 

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5 Reasons to Join the ARN Board of Directors

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in the rehabilitation field? Do you have the skills and experience to help guide the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) towards success? If so, we invite you to consider applying for one of the five open positions on our Board of Directors and Nomination and Leadership Development Committee. Applications are open through April 15. 

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RNJ Corner: March 2023

Hear from Rehabilitation Nursing Journal (RNJ) Editor-in-Chief, Pamela Larsen's updates on renaming of the 'This n' That' article, and her encouragement for more clinical consultations to be submitted in a less formal format for the journal. 

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ARN Board of Directors and Fellow Applications Now Open

On March 15, ARN is opening nominations for both the Board of Directors and Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLD) as well as the applications to become a Fellow of ARN (FARN). 

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From staff nurse to professor: A look into the many paths of a rehab nurse

With the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Board of Directors elections currently open until April 15, we dive into one of our current members who has a unique background to pair with her leadership on the board. The current ARN Board of Directors Secretary-Treasurer, Grace Campbell, PhD MSW RN CNL CRRN FARN, shares a look into her day and proves that no two rehab nursing paths are the same.

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Reimagining Special Interest Groups (SIGs) with your help

ARN is reimagining the SIG structure as we desire to offer more resources and tools that match the needs of our members. Take the survey, below, to tell us about your personal interests in rehabilitation.

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We had coffee with the ARN President - here's what you missed

On March 14, the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) invited all members to attend "Coffee with the President," a casual chat where ARN Board of Directors President, Maria Radwanski, MSN RN CRRN CMGT-BC FARN, asked members questions, gave organization updates, and opened a safe space to share stories.

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RNJ Trending Topics: March and April

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

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Receive up to $10,000 in funding with these 3 grants

​Thanks to the generous member and nonmember donors who continue to support the mission of the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation (RNF), the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses' (ARN) Advancing Science and Practice Committee (ASPC) will oversee three (3) new grant opportunities with funding up to $10,000 each! The deadline for all grants is June 1, 2023. 

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In Conversation: ARN and TIRR Memorial Hermann discuss TIRR as a National Rehabilitation Innovation Center, signed into law by President Joe Biden

On January 5, 2023, Congress passed the Dr. Joanne Smith Memorial Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act of 2022, recognizing a leading class of pioneering rehabilitation research facilities across the country, including TIRR Memorial Hermann, which set the standard for ongoing study and patient care.

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Save the Date: Coffee with the President

Members, join us for a fun, online chat with the current President of the ARN Board of Directors, Maria Radwanski, MSN RN CRRN CMGT-BC FARN! 

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The RNF is looking for grant reviewers

Support the future of rehabilitation nursing practice by applying to become a grant reviewer by March 13. As healthcare technology advances, more people are surviving injuries and diseases that once would have been fatal. People experiencing chronic illness are living longer, and the need for rehabilitation services continues to expand.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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