Strategic Plan

Core Ideology

A core ideology describes an association's consistent identity that transcends all changes related to its relevant environment. It consists of two elements - core purpose - the association's reason for being - and core values - essential and enduring principles that guide an association.

Core Purpose: To advance rehabilitation nursing practice.

Core Organizational Values

Our organization provides visionary leadership reflecting the diverse interests and needs of its members.

We practice innovation in support of member needs and expectations. We uphold high ethical standards, lead with integrity, and are good stewards of the association's resources.

Our diverse community of members value different perspectives, celebrate our collective accomplishments, and enjoy the opportunities to pursue success together.

Client Care
The association is committed to a holistic, collaborative, and evidence-based approach to improving care and the quality of life for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Envisioned Future

The envisioned future conveys a concrete yet unrealized vision for the association. It consists of a big (hairy) audacious goal (BHAG) - a clear and compelling catalyst that serves as a focal point for effort - and a vivid description - vibrant and engaging descriptions of what it will be like to achieve the BHAG.

Vision (BHAG)
To improve healthcare delivery through the integration of rehabilitation nursing concepts across the continuum of care.

Vivid Description of the Desired Future

ARN is recognized as an esteemed partner for advancing rehabilitation practice and as the leader in integrating evidence-based rehabilitation nursing interventions into the healthcare system. ARN's diverse members are recognized as experts in a holistic approach to patient well-being, prevention, and management of chronic illness and disability. The association's public policy and advocacy efforts have been so successful that legislators and regulatory bodies routinely seek ARN for rehabilitation expertise. Other professional associations turn to ARN for advice and support on issues relating to the transitions of care across the continuum. Other healthcare providers understand and value rehabilitation and include evidence-based rehabilitation interventions in every care plan in every setting. The public has a greater understanding of the benefits of rehabilitation and regularly request rehabilitation nurses in their care as a result of ARN's public education efforts.

ARN's professional development opportunities and resources provide the latest advances in the field, are available to a wide spectrum of healthcare professionals, and support the sharing of best practices and techniques. The CRRN designation is a highly sought-after certification. Insurance companies and third-party payors recognize the importance of rehabilitation and reimburse appropriately for rehabilitative care in all settings.

ARN's membership continues to grow and attract new professionals. The association's members are energetically engaged in the political process and actively participate in the association's professional development and networking opportunities. ARN's diverse members are recognized as experts in a holistic approach to patient well-being, prevention, and management of chronic illness and disability and are prepared to serve a continuously changing patient population. Rehabilitation nurses are the architects of efficient and effective patient-centered care transitions and ARN is at the forefront in ensuring that its members are prepared to fulfill this role. Rehabilitation nursing competencies are used in nursing practice in various settings and at different levels. Consumers of healthcare experience enhanced quality of life as a result of rehabilitation services as they transition through the continuum of care, in both inpatient and community settings.

ARN's Three-Year Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives

Goals represent outcome-oriented statements intended to guide and measure the organization's future success.  The achievement of each goal will move the organization towards the realization of its "Envisioned Future." Supporting objectives further clarify direction and describe what the organization wants to have happen; a descriptive statement of what constitutes success in measurable terms.

Goal Area: Transitions of Care

Goal Statement: ARN will ensure the rehabilitation nurse plays an essential role in facilitating appropriate person-centered transitions across the continuum of care, in inpatient and community settings.

Objective (1): Enhance knowledge and skill set of the rehabilitation nurse related to appropriate transitions of care in all post-acute settings.

Objective (2): Increase resources to enable consumers to make informed healthcare decisions.

Objective (3): Improve payor and policymaker knowledge of healthcare options (so that consumer receives care in the most clinically appropriate setting).

Goal Area: Rehabilitation Nursing Practice

Goal Statement: ARN is the leader in the integration of evidence-based rehabilitation nursing interventions across the PAC continuum.

Objective (1): Increase nursing resources describing the connection between national quality measures and evidence-based rehabilitation nursing interventions.

Objective (2): Increase the effective dissemination of the above resources.

Objective (3): Increase the utilization of evidence-based rehabilitation nursing interventions in all levels of the PAC continuum.

Goal Area: Resourcing the Vision

Goal Statement: ARN will ensure financial resources are consistent with strategic and operational aspirations.

Objective (1): Evaluate the profitability and viability of existing ARN activities.

Objective (2): Increase the net revenue of programs and activities that are viable and profitable.

Objective (3): Increase the number of programs that result in net revenue.

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