The April 2015 educational meeting
will be held on Tuesday April 28, 2015 at TIRR/Memorial
Hermann Hospital—Medical Center: 1333 Moursund Avenue Houston, TX
77030. Time: 5:00 – 7:30 PM. Location: Lunch Room Sponsor: TIRR/Memorial
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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 scheduled for two programs
in 2015 and the locations are 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
2015!!! There are going to be 5 scholarships awarded in 2014. Three
scholarships will be awarded in the following categories for the
2015 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 2015.
for an application.
Scholarship Winners for the June Expo 2015: 5 scholarships to be
awarded to the National Conference in New Orleans, LA.
National ARN Conference Scholarships: IT COULD BE YOU!!!!
ARN National Conference Scholarships:
TARN National Conference
Three scholarship drawings to help towards attendance at the
November ARN National Education Conference will be drawn at the
August educational meeting of 2015 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, 2015
• Committee Chairperson: All active committee chairpersons
• Paper or Poster Presenter: All who will be presenting a paper or
poster at the ARN National Conference
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:
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nomination form. Contact Virginia (Becky) Thayer @
for further information.
Deadline for nominating a member for this prestigious award is
August 31, 2015.
***2015 Rehabilitation Nurse of the Year***
“Becky” Thayer, MSN, RN, CRRN***
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! Lois Stephens-Newman 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 2015. The member
recruiting the most new members will receive a $25 Chili’s gift
A second membership contest will be held August through November
2015. The member recruiting the most new members will receive a $25
gift card for Ramono’s Macaroni Grill.
Membership Participation Incentive:
Back for 2015
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 2015
will be awarded a free ticket to the 2015 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 email@example.com
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, in New
Orleans, LA in 2015.
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 texas.org.
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; RSVPtexas.org a not-for-profit
organization providing physical rehabilitation services to uninsured
individuals with disabilities. In 2014, the Chapter contributed
$930.00 to Lighthouse of Houston from the silent auction at the
annual Gala and Silent Auction. Lighthouse of Houston is an
organization based in Houston, Texas that provides physical
rehabilitation services for Children’s Summer Day Camp for children
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 an
organization or program that we can help support please contact one
of the Board members so we can consider them for a donation in 2015.
Thanks to the generous support of Chapter members, the 2014 Silent
Auction was once again a tremendous success!!!
Gala raised $930.00
from the Silent Auction to Lighthouse of Houston.
GREAT job SETX Chapter Members!!!!
Plan ahead because before we know
it the 2015 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 - January, 2015
HOUSE GOP PROPOSAL PLANS TO KILL
House Republicans are circulating a proposal to overhaul the way
Medicare pays hospitals for short stays, including a plan to
eliminate the criticized "2-midnight rule". While timing of the
document's release has been regarded as unusual, it arrives in the
middle of a lame-duck session of Congress. Watch for more on this.
APPLY TO SERVE ON AN ADVISORY PANEL
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is currently
accepting applications for new members to serve on one of its
multi-stakeholder panels. They are seeking to fill seats that will
soon be open on 5 of 6 panels, which play a crucial role in bringing
the voices of the healthcare community to their work. To learn about
the experience and expertise sought for each panel and how to apply,
visit the advisory panel application page. Applications are due by
5PM ET on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.
TEXAS NURSING AGENDA......84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION:
Nursing initatives in the area of nursing workplace, nursing
education , school nursing, and advanced practice nursing....
WORKPLACE - reducing violence against nursed in areas of the
hospital outside of the emergency department similar to the
legislation passed in 2013 providing for enhanced criminal penalties
for assault against ED personnel. (possible de-escalation training)
Also, address concerns that have been raised about nurses and other
healthcare providers having adequate preparation in treating
patients with infectious diseases and adequate access to training in
use of the most appropriate personal protection equipment.
NURSING EDUCATION/ SHORTAGE - goal is to maintain the nursing
shortage reduction fund at the same level received in 2013 ($33.75
million and the Nursing Workforce Shortage Coalition will be working
to maintain in 2015 the same level of special funding for nursing
SCHOOL NURSES - Legislation has been filed to require school
districts to notify parents if a school nurse is not assigned to
their child's campus.
ADVANCED PRACTICE - addressing practice and reimbursement to include
permitting an APRN to be in a managed care organization network
without the APRN's delegating physician being required to be in that
network, extending delegation of the prescribing of Schedule II
controlled substances to patients with mental illness and in
palliative care, and permitting APRNs to sign documents attesting to
their patients' health condition (as in jury exemption, need for
utilities not to be cut off, etc.) Nursing will also actively
support an initiative of the TX Assoc. of Business to secure funding
to increase the number of primary care APRNs.
Cindy Gebhard BSN RN
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