Houston, TX 77230
To: Virginia (Becky) Thayer, MSN, RN, CRRN
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
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
Our primary purpose is to promote professional growth and excellence in
rehabilitation nursing through knowledge, education and
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
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
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
grateful THANK YOU to our 2013 Expo Sponsors & Exhibitors:
||ADA Adaptive Driving Access
||Silverado Senior Living & At Home
ARJOHuntleigh / KCI
Brawner Paper Company
CPO Care Prosthetics & Orthotics
|And to our....
2014 Monthly meeting hosts
Touchstone Neurorecovery Center & Nexus Specialty Hospital
and Scholarship Fundraiser
||Michael E. DeBakey
VAMC / Abbott Nutrition
Rehabilitation Hospital - North Houston
||Holiday Gala & Awards
Banquet/ SETX Chapter ARN
We sincerely appreciate your
The Methodist Hospital
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
March 2014 Educational Meeting:
The March 2014 educational meeting
will be held on Tuesday March 25, 2014 at The Michael E.
DeBakey VAMC—Medical Center 2002 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, Texas
77030. Time: 5:00 – 7:30 PM. Location: Spinal Cord Injury Dayroom
Sponsor: SETX Chapter ARN.
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April 2014 Educational Meeting:
The April 2014 educational meeting
will be held on Tuesday April 22, 2014 at TIRR/Memorial
Hermann Hospital, . Time: 5:00 – 7:30 PM. Location: Lunch Room
Sponsor: TIRR/Memorial Hermann.
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May 2014 Educational Meeting:
The May 2014 educational meeting
will be held on Tuesday May 27, 2014 at Touchstone’s new
Amphitheater and Rehab/Voc building. Time: 5:00-7:30 PM. Location:
9297 Wahrenberger Rd in Conroe, TX 77304 Sponsor: Nexus Specialty
Hospital/Touchstone Neurorecovery Center.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SAVE THE DATE!!
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.
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.
for an application.
Scholarship Winners from June Expo 2013: 5 scholarships were
ARN 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 2013 at the
Michael E. DeBakey VAMC. Chapter members who meet requirements in
the following three categories were awarded to the following Chapter
• Perfect Meeting Attendance: attend 100% of Chapter meetings
January through August, 2013
Recipient: Phyllis Lynn
• Committee Chairperson: All active committee chairpersons
Recipient: Cindy Gebhard
• Paper or Poster Presenter: All who will be presenting a
paper or poster at the ARN National Conference
Recipient: Non Awarded
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, 2013.
***2013 Rehabilitation Nurse of the Year***
***CONGRATULATIONS 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.
Congratulations to our newest CRRNs!!!
Latishia Graves, BSN, RN, CRRN
We are proud of your
CRRN EXAM: New Registration
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:
|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
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(www.rehabnurse.org ).
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.
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
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
www.rehabnurse.org in the Members only section. Please notify
Betty Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
www.rehabnurse.org in the Members only section? A listing of
all SE Texas Chapter members is also available, using the search by
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, and events such as the MS 150
bicycle ride, and nurses involved in RSVPtexas.org. Click here to download the form to complete, and turn
in at the next Chapter meeting. It is important,
Click here 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
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 RSVPtexas.org from the silent auction at
the annual Gala and Silent Auction. RSVPtexas.org 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!!!
Gala raised $1,004.00
from the Silent Auction to donate to RSVPtexas.org.
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
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 Spring 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 email@example.com
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
or refer to your ARN Network newsletter to learn more about :
ARN –CAT – Competency Assessment Tool
New RNF Research Agenda
Locating members or updating your contact information
CRRN Exam New Content Outline
Safe Patient Handling Toolkit
Rehabilitation Nursing online
New Position Statement on Documentation of Medical Necessity
New On-line CRRN Practice Exam
FREE on-line contact hours for members
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
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
concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan:
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
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.....
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE UPDATE - July, 2013
CMS LOWERS RAC MINIMUM RECORD
REQUEST LIMIT FOR HOSPITALS AND OTHER PROVIDERS........CMS has
reduced the minimum number of medical records that Recovery Audit
Contractors may request from Medicare providers other than
physicians and suppliers. Effective April, 2013 RAC's may request 20
records in a 45 day period which is down from a previous minimum of
35 records and only 75% may be limited used for a particular type of
claim, such as in-patient.
CMS SEEKS 1.45% PAYMENT HIKE FOR SNFs......CMS has proposed a 1.4%
hike in Medicare payment to skilled nursing facilities for fiscal
2014, which the agency estimates would increase payment to these
providers by about $500 million from 2013 payment levels.....look
MARILYN TAVENNER CONFIRMED AS CMS ADMINISTRATOR.....U.S. Senate
confirmed her to serve as the Administrator of the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services and is the first confirmed in over 7
years. Prior Ms. Tavenner was an ICU nurse, hospital administrator,
and Virginia' secretary of Health and Human Services.
JOINT COMMISSION PROPOSES REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCED COPD
CERTIFICATION PROGRAM....In June was issued proposed areas of
enhancement to their COPD Advanced Certification, which was
developed in 2007 to "standard the care provided in ambulatory care
settings to patients who have COPD". The areas for enhancement
include the following: initial assessments should include a history
of exacerbation, initial assessments should identify co-morbidities
or concurrently occurring conditions associated with the patient's
COPD, treatment should be patient-specific and guided by the
patient, plan of care and should be individualized.
2013 TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION - NURSES ENJOY SUCCESSFUL
Passed: Patient Advocacy
Protections for Public Hospital-Employed Nurses (HB 581 by Rep.
Passed: Reducing Assaults Against ER Nurses (HB 705 by Rep.
Passed: Expansion of Prescriptive Authority for APRN's (SB 406 by
Sen Nelson/Rep. Kolkhorst).
Passed: Special Funding for Nursing Education (SB 1 Appropriations
Bill, Higher Education Coordinating Board).
Passed: Faculty Loan Repayment Program (HB 2099 by Rep. Guillen/Sen.
Passed: Common Online Application for Nursing Programs (HB 2099 Rep.
Passed: Use of Trauma Funds for Graduate Nursing Education (HB 7 by
Rep. Darby/Sen. Williams.
Passed: NPA Amendments (SB 1058 by Sen. Nelson/Rep. S. King).
Passed:Study of Self-Directed, Semi-Independent Status for BON (SB
1375 by Sen. Hinojosa/Rep. Darby).
Cindy Gebhard BSN RN
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