Well, winter is definitely here. The snowstorm was a great reminder of that. Just a couple of months ago, I was in Nashville at the ARN conference. The conference had many informative and educational presentations and posters. I always like to hear about the exciting programs other rehab facilities offer. Of course, another highlight of the conference is the vendors. They are always eager to showcase their products. Although I’d like to bring tons of sample products home, I always have to remind myself of my 50 pound weight limit on baggage, so business cards are often an alternative for me.
Nashville was a great place for the conference. Evening entertainment was fantastic. After a day at the conference, we looked forward to shopping, dining and country music.
Our half day conference on November 8, 2012 was at Gunderson Lutheran in LaCrosse. It was a good conference with topics including “Team Management of Traumatic Brain Injury and Challenging Behaviors”, “Role of Support Groups in the Continuum of Care” and “Incorporating Healing Arts and Gardens into the Rehab Patient’s Experience”. There was an optional tour of the Transitional Living Suite as well. Thanks to all the speakers who took the time to present on these great topics.
The WARN board of directors are actively working on the full day conference which is scheduled to be held in April 2013. You should be getting a “Save the Date” postcard in the mail in the later part of January. Please be sure to make arrangements to attend this conference. Updates will be posted on the WARN website once the speakers are confirmed. Also, please check out our website for the February 2013 half day conference. We are really looking forward to seeing you at these conferences.
I would also like you to start thinking about the Rising Star and Nurse Excellence Award. We work with nurses every day that are deserving of these awards. Please take the time to nominate your peer and allow them to be recognized for their dedication to their patients, families and the profession of nursing. The nomination forms and requirements can be found on the WARN website. The winners of these 2 awards will be presented at the April 2013 conference.
Well, the New Year is right around the corner. I want to wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous 2013!
Past President's letters