Like many of you I can’t wait for spring and warmer weather. The cold weather this year has been brutal. Or, maybe my tolerance is lower every year. No matter what I welcome each change of season as an opportunity for something new.
But, some things remain constant for the 13th straight year nurses has been voted as the most honest and ethical profession in America. Congratulations to all of us. Let us work to continue that honor and privilege for 2015.
There are plenty of changes in the air some will come sooner and others are in the horizon.
Long time ARN/WARN member and WARN webmaster Lisa Salamon is moving out of state. Lisa has been very active on the WARN board since she moved to Wisconsin in the early 90’s. It has been a pleasure working with Lisa these many years. On behalf of the WARN Board and membership thank you Lisa for your contributions to rehabilitation nursing in the state. We wish you all the best in your new adventure.
There is a change in the air that can provide some benefits for all and potentially harmful consequences for inpatient acute rehab. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT) of 2014. A major portion of the Legislative Update for spring 2015 is devoted to this topic. One of our key speakers at the WARN annual conference April 20th is Jason Wildermuth, ARN’s Health Policy and Advocacy Manager. Please take some time to review that information as I am sure Jason will be discussing this topic.
WARN Board open positions. Providing our members with local pertinent rehabilitation and nursing education is our top priority that is why we exist. To do that we rely on committed rehab nurses I this state. We will have several board positions on the ballot at this year’s annual conference.
- Program Co-chair
- Nominations & Membership
Other non-elected opportunities, just volunteer to serve are:
- Legislative Liaison
- Silent Auction committee member
- Vendor committee member
If we fail to have the Board positions filled by July 1, 2015 we could lose our chapter status. So if you value the ability to get rehab nursing education close to home please consider nominating yourself for one of these positions.
The Board does most of our work through email and conference calls in the evening. We meet face to face 1-2 times a year usually in conjunction with one of the ½ day education sessions. We do on the job training and sponsor new Board members to the leadership conference held during the ARN annual conference. Job descriptions are posted on the website or talk to any one of the current or past board members .Don’t be shy everyone has talents to offer.
Past President's letters