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Southeast Texas

Chapter ARN

POB #300121

Houston, TX 77230

To: Lois Stephens-Newman, MSN, RN, CRRN


Chartered 1978



ARN National



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ARN's mission is to promote and advance professional rehabilitation nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration, and research to enhance the quality of life for those afflicted by disability and chronic illness.


Southeast Texas Chapter ARN holds monthly educational sessions, usually on the fourth Tuesday of the

month, from 5:00-7:30 PM.  Programs with approved contact hours, dinner, and networking are offered.  

We visit and tour rehabilitation facilities throughout the greater Houston area.

Our primary purpose is to promote professional growth and excellence in rehabilitation nursing through knowledge, education and networking.   

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The Southeast Texas Chapter ARN mailing address is going to be changing in December 2011, please make sure that you update your files. We will keep you posted.
Southeast Texas ARN
POB # 300121
Houston, Texas 77230


Winners of the 2008 Local Chapter of the Year Award!!!

We Won!! Southeast Texas Chapter ARN was once again recognized nationally with the 2008 Local Chapter of the Year Award at the ARN Annual Educational Conference in San Francisco, CA, October 1-4, 2008.

This newly created award will be given each year to recognize a local chapter that meet the following criteria:
• Provided an extraordinary educational event above and beyond the requirements designated by ARN. The educational
   event must reflect principles of the current trends in rehabilitation nursing.
• Has excelled in regularly communicating with its members.
• Has exceptional membership recruitment and retention methods.
• Has made a significant contribution to the community in the last year.

Thanks to all who make this an outstanding Chapter!!!!



Ann Gutierrez, MSN, RN, CRRN for receiving the 2010 Nurse of the Year Award in the Nurse Educator Role at the ARN Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. We are proud of your accomplishments and all you do for the SETX Chapter of ARN!!!
It is an honor for us all to be working with you in this great chapter



 A grateful THANK YOU to our 2014 Expo Sponsors & Exhibitors:

Gold Sponsors: BARD Medical
Silver Sponsor: ALLERGAN
ARJOHuntleigh / KCI
Gulf Coast Prosthetics, LLC
TIRR /Memorial Hermann Hospital
Stryker Medical
Victoria Personal Care
Bronze Sponsors: Stead Med
Exhibitors: Brawner Paper
CNS Neuro Skills
REVA Medical, Inc.
Smith & Nephew Wound Care


And to our....
2014 Monthly meeting hosts
January: Canceled due to weather
February: The Methodist Hospital—Medical Center
March: Michael E. DeBakey VAMC—Medical Center
April: TIRR/Memorial Hermann
May: Touchstone Neurorecovery Center & Nexus Specialty Hospital
June: SETX Expo and Scholarship Fundraiser
July: Garden Terrace
August: Michael E. DeBakey VAMC
September: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital - North Houston
October: Memorial Hermann Northwest
November: Holiday Gala & Awards Banquet/ SETX Chapter ARN

We sincerely appreciate your support!

SETX Chapter ARN

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For Our July Educational Meeting

   Monthly Meeting Flyers:

Beginning in March 2009, SE Texas Chapter ARN will send out monthly meeting flyers by email only. Meetings will also continue to be posted on this website. Members, if we do not have a current email address for you, please send your current email address to Betty Clark at

   August 2014 Educational Meeting:

The August educational meeting will be held on Tuesday August 26, 2014 at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC Hospital in the medical center at 2002 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, Texas 77030. Time 5:00 - 7:30 PM. Sponsored by: Julius H. Penning, MSN/ED, RN, CRRN Program: “Watching Train Wreck Cases Happen Every Day Kills Me”: Health Care Professionals’ Moral Distress. Click here for further details.

   September 2014 Educational Meeting:

The September 2014 educational meeting will be held on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital—North Houston 19002 McKay Drive Humble, Texas 77338. Time 5:00 - 7:30 PM. Sponsor: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Program: TBA. Click here for further details.

   October 2014 Educational Meeting:

The October educational meeting will be held on Tuesday October 28, 2014 at the Memorial Hermann NW Hospital located at 1635 North Loop West Houston, Texas 77008. Time 5:00 - 7:30 PM. Sponsor: Memorial Hermann NW Program: TBA. Click here for further details.


   Rehabilitation Nursing CE Workshop:

The SETX Chapter of ARN will have the CE & CCM Workshop for nurses to maintain their Certification in Rehabilitation. The planned date will be in December 2014 and the location is at TBA. Please encourage your staff to consider participating in this CE & CCM Workshop to help obtain CEs for recertification in rehabilitation nursing. Registration forms are always available at our monthly educational meetings.

   Scholarship Awards:

Scholarships will be considered for rehabilitation nursing related education such as formal course work, continuing education programs and conferences, National ARN Educational Conference, and the SETX Chapter Rehabilitation Nursing CE / CCM Workshops. Start planning ahead for a scholarship award for 2014!!! There are going to be 5 scholarships awarded in 2014. Three scholarships will be awarded in the following categories for the 2014 National Conference: Perfect attendance at monthly educational meetings, Committee Chairperson, and Paper/Poster presentation. A total of seven scholarships will be awarded for SETX Chapter members who apply. Please consider applying for a scholarship in 2014. Click Here for an application.

Scholarship Winners from June Expo 2014: 5 scholarships were awarded

National ARN Conference Scholarships

Kuldip Amolenda
Ann Gutierrez
Linda Arfele
Kerry Davis
Rosemary Otu-Inyang

   ARN National Conference Scholarships:

TARN National Conference Scholarships:
Three scholarship drawings to help towards attendance at the November ARN National Education Conference will be drawn at the August educational meeting of 2014 at the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC. Chapter members who meet requirements in the following three categories were awarded to the following Chapter Members:

• Perfect Meeting Attendance: attend 100% of Chapter meetings January through August, 2014
Recipient: TBA
• Committee Chairperson: All active committee chairpersons
Recipient: TBA
• Paper or Poster Presenter: All who will be presenting a paper or poster at the ARN National Conference
Recipient: TBA

   Rehabilitation Nurse of the Year Award:

Members are encouraged to nominate colleagues who are members of the SETX Chapter of ARN for this annual award. Forms to nominate a member are handed out at each of our monthly meetings or available on the website: . Click here for nomination form. Contact Virginia (Becky) Thayer @ for further information.

Deadline for nominating a member for this prestigious award is August 31, 2014.

   ***2013 Rehabilitation Nurse of the Year***


None Awarded

Kerry Davis, BSN, RN, CRRN


We are proud of your contributions to rehabilitation and your dedication to the pursuit of excellence in Rehabilitation Nursing Practice.

    New CRRNs

Congratulations to our newest CRRNs!!!


Latishia Graves, BSN, RN, CRRN

 We are proud of your achievements. 

      CRRN EXAM: New Registration Deadlines

Due to a change in testing companies, the registration process and deadlines for the CRRN exam have changed.  Candidate applications and fees must be mailed in to CASTLE WORLDWIDE, INC. by the following deadlines:


Exam Dates Application Deadlines
June 1-30, 2014 April 15, 2014  (May 1, 2014, with late fee)
December 1-31, 2014 October 15, 2014 (November 1, 2014, with late fee)


          Late fee options are now available; contact ARN National.


          A new content outline became effective for the June 2007 examination. This is posted at The exam
          now has only 175 questions (25 pretest: un-scored), and candidates will have up to 3 hours to complete the exam.

Candidate handbooks and application forms are available from ARN National (1-800-229-7530).  Registration forms may also be downloaded from the ARN National website( ). 

    Get Involved!!

SE Texas Chapter is very active, with thirteen committees working throughout the year. Committee members are needed!! Get involved – it’s a great way to meet colleagues, share ideas, learn, and… have fun! Contact Virginia (Becky) Thayer at for more information or to sign-up. Committee sign-up sheets will be available at our Monthly Educational meetings to sign up and become more active in our Chapter’s activities.

    Membership Contest

SETX Chapter ARN is holding a membership contest from April through July 2014. The member recruiting the most new members will receive a $25 Chili’s gift card.

A second membership contest will be held August through November 2014. The member recruiting the most new members will receive a $25 gift card for Ramono’s Macaroni Grill.

     Membership Participation Incentive: Back for 2014

Those SE Texas Chapter ARN members who actively serve on:
1) the Board of Directors
2) Chair a committee
3) actively serve on a committee OR
4) attend a Chapter meeting 8 out of 10 months in 2014
will be awarded a free ticket to the 2014 Holiday Gala & Awards Banquet in November.

Thank you for your active participation!

   Update Your Contact Information:

Please help us keep our membership roster current! Update your address, phone, e-mail, and other contact information at in the Members only section. Please notify Betty Clark at also, so that the Chapter records are current.

    On-line Membership Directory:

Did you know that you are able to obtain other members’ contact information through the on-line Membership Directory at in the Members only section? A listing of all SE Texas Chapter members is also available, using the search by Chapter section

    Community Activity Report:

Are you involved in a rehabilitation related community activity? Be sure to report your volunteer service to SETX Chapter ARN!! One of the Chapter goals for 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and again for 2013-2014 is to increase our involvement in rehabilitation related community activities, and this will help toward our application for the Chapter of the Year award for the National Conference, October 29 - November 1, 2014, in Anaheim, CA..

Examples of activities include health fairs, SIRES therapeutic riding, Parish nursing activities, the MS 150 bicycle ride, and events such as nurses involved in RSVP Click here to download the form to complete, and turn in at the next Chapter meeting. It is important for our Chapter to document the hours of related community activity our members are giving to advance rehabilitation in our communities throughout the Houston and surrounding areas. Activities from July 2013 and after are eligible.

    Community Action – SILENT AUCTION:

Beginning in 2004 & 2005 the Chapter supported two worthy causes in the community: T.H. Rodgers School and Camp Xtreme. T.H. Rodgers is an HISD school that educates many children with disabilities, and Camp Xtreme is a summer camp devoted to children who use wheelchairs. Since these first donations the Chapter has contributed to the “Be an Angel Fund” for playground equipment for children with disabilities and Camp Xtreme, the SIRES Therapeutic Riding: a therapeutic horse riding program for individuals with disabilities; June Rusche Hamrah Camp for All, a barrier free camp for children and adults with chronic illness or disabilities and their families; the Paws for Patriots an organization that trains specially bred dogs from Florida to assist veterans, American Heroes, with disabilities; the Jonie & Friends an organization that provides rehabilitation camps and activities for wounded warriors and their families. In 2013, the Chapter contributed $1,004.00 to from the silent auction at the annual Gala and Silent Auction. is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas that provides physical rehabilitation services to uninsured individuals with disabilities: TBI, Stroke, SCI, Diabetes, and many more. These services are provided by volunteers; Doctors, Psychologist, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Nurses, OT/PT/KT therapist to help meet the needs of people who are uninsured throughout the Houston area. All proceeds area donated to the organization from various vendors in the Houston area. RSVPtexas efforts are making a dramatic impact for the health and well-being of Houston’s underprivileged individuals with disabilities. We are proud to be able to contribute to their efforts and outreach to make a difference.

The Chapter wishes to continue to assist community agencies who provide services for persons with disabilities. If you know of a organization or program that we can help support please contact one of the Board members so we can consider them for a donation in 2014.

Thanks to the generous support of Chapter members, the 2013 Silent Auction was once again a tremendous success!!!


2013 Silent Auction!!!
November 2013

SETX Chapter’s Gala raised $1,004.00
from the Silent Auction to donate to
GREAT job SETX Chapter Members!!!!


Plan ahead because before we know it the 2014 Gala and Silent Auction will be on our doorsteps. Start thinking of items that could be donated to generate funds for our Community Organizations that focus on rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities. It is a great way for our Chapter to continue supporting the services available within the Houston and surrounding communities.

Items to donate!!

• Handmade items: jewelry, crafts, sewing,…
• Gift Cards to favorite local restaurants or stores
• Christmas items for the Holidays
• Collectables: coins, paper weights, dolls,…
• Themed Baskets
• What ever creative ideas are always welcome

Help support our Communities throughout the Houston area by donating an item(s) to Auction!

    Newsletter: "Rehab Round-Up"    

Our Newsletter, “Rehab Round-Up” is published twice yearly and sent out electronically. Glennys Asselin, MSN/ED, RN, CRRN, AA is the editor. The Fall 2014 edition will be emailed out early April and the fall edition will be emailed out in early October. Make sure we have your current email address so you do not miss an issue. If you would like a copy, please contact Glennys Asselin at

Items are needed for the newsletter – brief articles, promotions, legislative updates, clinical tips, etc. Submit to Glennys Asselin at

     National ARN News:

Please visit the National ARN website,  or refer to your ARN Network newsletter to learn more about :

  1. ARN –CAT – Competency Assessment Tool

  2. New RNF Research Agenda

  3. Locating members or updating your contact information

  4. CRRN Exam New Content Outline

  5. Safe Patient Handling Toolkit

  6. Rehabilitation Nursing online

  7. New Position Statement on Documentation of Medical Necessity

  8. New On-line CRRN Practice Exam

  9. FREE on-line contact hours for members

  10. Member-Get-A-Member Campaign


    Continuing Education Contact Hours:


                    ARN National is no longer an approved maintenance provider for CDMSC, CCM or

                    CRCC continuing education. 


                    However,  SETX chapter membership voted to provide CCM continuing education units

                    for at least five (5) of the ten (10) annual educational programs.  Please see the calendar

                    page each month for posting of CCM contact hours.  If you have any questions or

                    concerns, please contact us at 

     Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan:

To be administered either by a state or by the Department of Health and Human Services, will provide a new health coverage option for Americans who have been uninsured for at least six months, have been unable to get health coverage because of a health condition, and are a U.S. citizen or are residing in the U.S. legally. The plan will continue until 2014 when the new health insurance exchange system will be established.
Info on how to apply for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan is available at

     Medicare Annual Update of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM):

Change request 7006 reminds the Medicare contractors and providers that the annual ICD-9-CM update will be effective for dates of service on and after October 1, 2010. New, revised, and discontinued ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes can be found on the CMS Website or at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Website in June of each year.

     ANA Launches Web Site to Broaden Support for Safe Patient Handling Goals

As part of its long-standing effort to increase awareness about the need to eliminate manual patient handling by RNs working in healthcare facilities, the ANA launched a new Web site to promote grassroots support. Learn more by going to
Ref.: “The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2009” (H>R> 2381), sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, (D-MI).


CRRN Update: Enhancing the Points-of-Credit Renewal Procedure
By Therese Pietsch, PhD RN CRRN CNE, RNCB Chair
The Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board met in October 2012 and approved a modification to the points of credit renewal procedure that will become approved a modification to the point of credit renewal procedure that will become effective January 1, 2014. The change is primarily based on national trends and expectations of RNs who maintain certification in specialty areas of practice. This article provides specific details about the upcoming change to your CRRN renewal procedure. More details to come.....

     Texas Legislation:


ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference:
The ANCC will be holding the Pathway to Excellence Conference in San Antonio, TX on May 1 & 2, 2014. The event will provide participants with the opportunity to network with nursing colleagues in Pathway - designated organizations, learn how to achieve the Pathway to Excellence designation for their institution and hear firsthand from nurses who are already working and thriving in Pathway-accredited organization.
Modern Healthcare: Nurse Experience Linked to Shorter Hospital Patient Stays:
According to a study published in the American Economic Journal, the more experience a nurse has and the longer his or her tenure in a hospital unit, the shorter the length of stay for the patients they care for. Reducing length of stay is the holy grail of hospital management because it means patients are getting higher quality and more cost effective care. Hospitals should keep this in mind when making staffing decisions - disrupting the balance of a team can make quality go down and costs go up.

Capital Hill: MedPAC Recommendations Miss the Mark:
Recent proposals put forth by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) advises could compromise care for millions of Medicare beneficiaries. Of particular note are the comparative effectiveness standards which would establish a "one size fits all" mentality towards the development of future Medicare policy in Washington. This protocol, also referred to as the "least costly alternative", would allow Medicare officials to set payment at identical rates for treatments that are deemed clinically close enough to other, less expensive treatments.

HAPPY NURSES WEEK..........MAY 6-12, 2014
Respectfully Submitted,
Cindy Gebhard BSN RN


All nurses are required to complete at least two contact hours in nursing jurisprudence and ethics prior to the end of every third licensure renewal cycle. The contact hours must be approved as CNE and can be met through an approved national nursing certification. Rule 216, related to Continuing Competency, was amended to reflect the new requirements and became effective February 23, 2014. The content must include information about the Texas Nursing Practice Act, the Texas Board of Nursing rules including Board Rule 217.11; Standards of Nursing Practice; the Texas BON Position Statements, principles of nursing ethics; and professional boundaries.

All nurses who provide nursing care to any patient or patients who are older adults must complete at least two contact hours related to the older adult or geriatric care every licensure renewal cycle. The content must include information about elder abuse, age, related memory changes and disease processes, including chronic conditions, and end of life issues. Other content, such as information related to health maintenance and health promotion of the older adult or geriatric populations, maybe included.

EFFECTIVE DATES - each of the above requirements will become effective with licensure renewal cycles that start after January 1, 2014!
For example, in relation to the nursing jurisprudence and ethics requirement, if your license expires in May 2014, you do not have to complete a nursing jurisprudence and ethics course between now and May 31, 2014. However, you will be required to complete at least two contact hours in nursing jurisprudence and ethics between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2020, again between June1, 2020 and May 31, 2026, and continue to comply with the requirement before the end of every third two-year licensing cycle.
If your practice includes care of geriatric patients or older adults and if your license expires in January of 2015, this requirement begins with the licensure cycle February 1, 2015 to January 31, 2017 and continues in every licensure cycle thereafter. The geriatric requirement may be met either through contact hours or through an approved national nursing geriatric certification. An advanced practice registered nurse may use continuing medical education to meet this requirement.

Respectfully Submitted,
Cindy Gebhard BSN RN


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