A Message from the President

MaukThe Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) recognizes that rehabilitation nurses go above and beyond in caring for their patients every day. Our membership includes more than 5,600 professional nurses who together form a community singularly devoted to advancing and promoting rehabilitation nursing in a variety of practice settings, including nursing schools, acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation units/hospitals, long term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies. The wealth of knowledge and information our community of nurses share is extensive.

ARN works closely with members to develop their rehabilitation nursing practice by providing supportive resources, in depth educational programs, opportunities to network with peers and to connect with leaders in the field, as well as providing tools to become active health policy advocates.  As you browse the pages of this Web site, you will discover an ever growing source for the latest treatment options and best practices for the rehabilitation nurse.

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 affected by disability and chronic illness.

Throughout the year, ARN offers many online or downloaded educational opportunities, most approved for continuing nursing education credits. The ARN Annual Educational Conference, to be held October 29-November 1, 2014 in Anaheim, CA is where more than 800 nurses from across the country come to network with each other and acquire the skills and tools to put them at the forefront of their practice. This year will be a special celebration marking the ARN’s 40th Anniversary.

If you are conducting research that works toward improving the quality of healthcare to individuals with disability or chronic illness, be sure to visit the Rehabilitation Nursing Fund (RNF) section.  RNF is the foundation arm of ARN and awards grants to support rehabilitation nursing research.

ARN is an investment that pays for itself with resources, nursing contact hours, professional development, and the rewards of being a member of a community who understand the unique demand of rehabilitation nursing.  We welcome you to our community.

Sincerely,
Dr. Kristen L. Mauk, PhD DNP RN CRRN GCNS-BC GNP-BC FAAN
ARN President
Professor of Nursing, Valparaiso University
President of Senior Care Central
Valparaiso, IN