Houston, TX 77230
To: Lois Stephens-Newman, 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 2014 Expo Sponsors & Exhibitors:
ARJOHuntleigh / KCI
Gulf Coast Prosthetics, LLC
TIRR /Memorial Hermann Hospital
Victoria Personal Care
CNS Neuro Skills
REVA Medical, Inc.
Smith & Nephew Wound Care
|And to our....
2014 Monthly meeting hosts
||Canceled due to
||Michael E. DeBakey
Touchstone Neurorecovery Center & Nexus Specialty Hospital
and Scholarship Fundraiser
||Michael E. DeBakey
Rehabilitation Hospital - North Houston
||Holiday Gala & Awards
Banquet/ SETX Chapter ARN
We sincerely appreciate your
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 2014: 5 scholarships were
National ARN Conference Scholarships
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 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
• 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:
. Click here
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***
***CONGRATULATIONS KERRY DAVIS,
BSN, RN, CRRN***
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, 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. 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 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 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 - April, 2014
ANCC Pathway to Excellence
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
Modern Healthcare: Nurse Experience Linked to Shorter Hospital
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
Cindy Gebhard BSN RN
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE UPDATE - May, 2014
NEW AND UPDATED CONTINUING NURSING
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS NURSING JURISPRUDENCE AND ETHICS........
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.
NEW REQUIREMENT: GERIATRIC CARE OR OLDER ADULT .......
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,
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.
Reference: TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING BULLETIN, APRIL 2014
Cindy Gebhard BSN RN
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