2022 ARN Conference Schedule

As part of the hybrid experience, we welcome you to enjoy our lineup of our general sessions and pre- and post- conference events both virtually and in-person. Learn best practices, trending topics, and leadership discussions throughout the conference. This year's experience is packed with exciting content that will refresh your passion for rehabilitation and bring you inspiration. Thank you to our Abstract Reviewers who made this lineup one of the best. 

More information, speakers, and sessions will be released on the official conference website closer to the event. 


ARN welcomes you to begin to plan your travel and work hours around our general conference schedule.

Event Schedule


September 7, 2022

Presentation: Virtual
Cannabis 101 - What Rehab Professionals Should Know
Michael McKenzie
"The purpose of the lecture is to provide some basic knowledge of the clinical and therapeutic application of various Cannabis derivatives to different diseases. Hopefully, this serves as a springboard to encourage the physician to engage in further research and study, thereby enhancing his/her knowledge base. The end result is expanded patient options and improved patient outcomes."

September 15, 2022

Presentation: Virtual
Rehabilitation Nursing in the Changing World of Cancer Management
Sally Strong


September 19, 2022

Presentation: Virtual
Suleika Jaouad
The Road to Healing: What Navigating the Healthcare System Taught Me about Wellness

September 22, 2022

Presentation: In-person
Kelsey Tainsh
I’m Not Limping. That’s Swagger!


Exclusively On-Demand

Advances in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Care
Robert Cho

Presentation: Virtual
Disabled: To Be or Not to Be?
Abigail Mawhirter
Rehabilitation nurses are committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with a disability and have a mission of improving their optimal level of functioning. Disability identity is a critical step in accepting a disability, but as a label, disability is so mired in stigma that people may not want it, creating a dichotomy. Can we reduce the stigma and reframe the label as a neutral one to use as a category? How can we as nurses strike the proper balance of promoting disability pride while still respecting individuals’ self-identity?

Presentation: Virtual
Preparing Nurses to Participate in Shared Governance and Peer Review
John Best


September 19, 2022

Presentation: Virtual
Enhancing Nursing's Voice in the Rehabilitation Program: Overcoming Barriers and Identifying Solutions
Paula Martinkewiz, Raquel Neves

Presentation: Virtual
Preventing the Transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms: The iceberg under the surface
Kara Jacobs Slifka

Presentation: Virtual
Reducing Fall-related Injuries:  Protective Interventions’ Evidence, Application  and Success
Patricia Quigley, Amy Hester
Rehabilitation nurses know that Interventions to protect rehabilitation patients from injuries when they fall are separate and distinct from fall prevention strategies. For over a decade, protection from injurious falls has been a national patient safety objective. Yet, across rehabilitation settings, interventions to protect our patients from injuries when they fall have been met resistance. As a result, injurious falls are still occurring, resulting in preventable harm, hospital readmissions, extended rehabilitation, and loss of function and / or life, even though evidence-based interventions exists.


September 20, 2022

Presentation: Virtual
A Deep Dive into the CARF Skin Integrity and Wound Care Standards
Terrence Carolan

Presentation: Virtual
Advancing Science and Practice: Title TBD
Cidalia Vital,  Barbara Winters-Todd, Theresa Pietsch

Presentation: Virtual
Closing Session: Non-Pharmacologic Approaches to Disease Management and Prevention: Research and Practice
Prem Nathenson, Sophie Nathenson


September 21, 2022

Presentation: In-person
Health Policy
Jeremy Scott, Michele Cournan


September 22, 2022

Presentation: In-person
ARN Past Presidents:  Influential Strategies to Impact ARN’s Leadership
Patricia Quigley, Aloma (Cookie) Gender, Susan Dean-Baar, Donna Patterson- Jernigan
While many management and leadership models exist, the most widely adopted models that prepare nurses for organizational leadership positions are transformational leadership and servant leadership. Unique about this presentation, a panel of ARN’s Past Presidents will utilize experiential exemplars that provide meaningful and thought-provoking conversations with members, capturing the essence of leadership at local chapter and national positions. Additionally, each Past President will exemplify indispensable graces inherent in their careers and leadership styles that generated rehabilitation nurses’ motivation, creativity, and achievement.

Presentation: In-person
Prepare for Pleasure; Plan for Pitfalls ~ Bucket List Travel Tips for the Disabled
Sue Brown

Presentation: In- person
Recruitment and Retention of Staff through the Development of a Rehab Bootcamp Program
Amy Koyle, Meghan Leibas

Presentation: In-person
Rehabilitation Nursing Needs of COVID 19 Survivors: The learning continues
Sally Strong

Presentation: In-person
The 2022 IRF-PAI, What's New?
Michele Cournan
In this session learners will have the opportunity to discuss IRF-PAI 4.0 which becomes effective for discharges after October 1, 2022. Key aspects of the training manual will be discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding implementation of this new PAI.


September 23, 2022

Presentation: In-person
Closing Session Founder's Address: I Said YES to the dress Opportunity!
Terrie Black

Presentation: In-person
Facilitating successful stroke care transitions: The role of the rehabilitation nurse
Barbara Lutz, Michelle Camicia, Stephanie Vaughn
Drs. Lutz, Camicia, and Vaughn will present the current state of the evidence on facilitating stroke care transitions. They will highlight the importance of having a rehabilitation nurse are part of the stroke care transitions team and provide resources for rehabilitation nurses to use with stroke survivors and their families as they transition through the care continuum to discharge home and community reintegration.

Presentation: In-person
Panel Discussion: Staffing Models
Tina Roma Fisher, David Miller, Christine Wade, Monica Nichols, Jorilynn Lima

Presentation: In-person
Post Recovery and Rehabilitation after Organ Transplant: I pay it Forward Every Day
Grace Walker

Presentation: In-person
Self-Efficacy and the Role of the RN
Nicole Link

Presentation: In-person
The Silent Thief: Nurse Suicide
Sara Bachmann
Suicide rates are climbing in healthcare. Nurses are reporting alarming signs of self-harm and suicidal ideation. With a plethora of tools to address emotional and mental distress, why are nurses hurting themselves? We explore risk factors and potential tools to aid in saving lives.


September 27, 2022

Presentation: Virtual
Sustaining a passion for leadership
Mary Ellen Hatch

September 30, 2022

Presentation: Virtual
Jason Knox

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September 19–23

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