ARN 2016 Call for Nominations

Influence the Future of Rehabilitation Nursing

Seeking Dynamic Leaders for the 2016 ARN Board of Directors Election

Leadership and professionalism are core values identified in the ARN strategic plan that is used to guide the future direction of the association. ARN strives to provide visionary leadership that reflects the diverse interests and needs of its members. In order to realize this vision, dynamic leaders are needed to serve on the board of directors.

The 2016 Nominating and Leadership Development Committee seeks candidates with specific leadership qualities that have been identified as beneficial for leading ARN through the strategic initiatives identified in the ARN Strategic Plan. The core qualities sought include skills in the following areas:

  • Political Astuteness
  • Results/Priority Setting
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Vision and Purpose
  • Perspective/Flexibility
  • Interpersonal Skills

Each candidate will be asked to provide a skills assessment as part of the application process.

Nominations are now open for the following positions.

  • President-elect (1 year followed by 1 year as President)
  • Two Directors (3-year term)
  • Nominating and Leadership Development Committee member (3-year term)

To obtain a candidate application, contact Alice Taylor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 800.229.7530. Applications must be received by March 1, 2016.

Any ARN voting member in good standing is eligible to run for office. The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee will place no more than two of the best-qualified candidates on the ballot for each open position. Following are the qualifications and general responsibilities for each position.


  • Qualifications
    • Holds active membership in ARN.
    • Is a member in good standing.
  • Specific Responsibilities
    • Assumes duties at the close of the annual conference and serves a 1-year term of office.
    • Presides at all board, association, and Executive Committee meetings.
    • With the approval of the board, appoints chairpersons and members of committees and task forces, with the exception of the chair of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, the chair of the Budget and Finance Committee who are appointed by virtue of their office, and the members of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee who are elected by the membership.
    • Serves as an ex-officio member of all standing and special committees, except the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee.
    • Acts as the coordinator for strategic planning.
    • Acts as the official spokesperson for the association.
    • With Budget and Finance Committee, formulates the budget for presentation to the board.
    • Assigns liaisons from the board to committees and task forces.
    • Conducts annual performance appraisal of staff services.
    • Coordinates with staff to promote the association to the membership and public.
    • Maintains communications with the board and committees regarding operations and status of the organization.
    • Prepares a regular column for publication in the ARN Network newsletter.
    • Serves as a member of the RNF Board of Trustees.


  • Qualifications
    • Holds an active membership in ARN.
    • Is a member in good standing.
    • Shall have served at least 1 year as an elected or ex-officio member on the Board of Directors
  • Specific Responsibilities
    • Elected to a 1-year term of office and assumes duties at the close of the annual conference.
    • Acts in the President's stead and with the President's powers in the absence of the President, or in the case of the President's inability to act.
    • Serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
    • Serves as a member of the Budget and Finance committee and participates in developing the annual budget.
    • Maintains regular communication with the president.
    • Becomes familiar with parliamentary procedure, ARN bylaws, policies and procedures, board functions, and the conduct of effective meetings.
    • Serves as Vice-Chair of the RNF Board of Trustees.


  • Qualifications
    • Holds an active membership in ARN.
    • Must have EITHER
      • at least 1 year of service as an elected or ex-officio member of the ARN board of directors; OR
      • proven ability to understand and manage finances (e.g., as the treasurer for an ARN chapter or other organization; as the owner of a business; as the holder of a graduate degree in nursing administration or management; as a member of the ARN Budget and Finance Committee; or other equivalent experience), with previous experience at the national level in ARN preferred.
  • Specific Responsibilities
    • Elected to 2-year term of office and assumes duties at the close of the annual conference.
    • Serves as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.
    • Ensures that approved funds management, investment, and other fiscal policies and procedures are followed, and recommends improvements as appropriate.
    • Works closely with staff to accomplish position responsibilities.
    • Participates on organizational committees as requested.
    • Represents organizational issues to external groups as requested.
    • Approves the Treasurer's Report for publication in ARN Network newsletter.
    • Reviews association expenditures and financial status on regular basis to ensure overall financial integrity.
    • Presents financial reports to the Board and an annual financial report to the membership.
    • Serves as secretary/treasurer of the RNF Board of Trustees.


  • Qualifications
    • Holds an active membership in ARN.
    • Is a member in good standing.
  • Specific Responsibilities
    • Elected to 3-year term of office and assumes duties at the close of the annual conference.
    • Acts as membership liaison.
      • Is available to any member by phone, email, or mail to answer questions, provide consultation, and respond to concerns. Refers questions to appropriate staff for follow-up.
      • Handles member phone calls and inquiries specific to the field of rehabilitation nursing, when forwarded by staff.
      • Keeps Board of Directors informed about issues or trends of concern to members.
      • Reports significant problems or concerns to the appropriate staff, board member, or committee chair.
    • Encourages chapter formation.
      • Supports opportunities for new chapter formation, and refers members interested in creating a new chapter to the staff and Chapter Support Committee.
      • Directs new chapter leaders to staff to obtain a chapter handbook and other information about forming a chapter.
    • Attends chapter meetings or other local ARN activities as requested and approved, or as assigned by the board. Arrangements for chapter visits will be coordinated with staff.
    • At end of term, serves as preceptor for newly elected Directors-at-large.
    • Before assuming office, is expected to review the board manual, discuss questions with predecessor, and audit the annual board meeting.
    • Serves as a member of the RNF Board of Trustees.

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee Member

  • Qualifications
    • Two members are elected from the general membership and the board appoints two members.
    • The immediate past president serves as the chair.
    • With the exception of the immediate past president, each member of the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee shall serve a three-year term.
  • Specific Responsibilities
    • Utilizes the time between October and March to recruit potential candidates by calling chapter presidents and other interested members to encourage interest in leadership.
    • Assists the committee chair by contacting potential nominees. The committee member:
      • Places calls to their assigned potential nominees to notify them of their nomination for office, determine potential candidates’ interest in running for office, answer questions, conduct interviews, and notify staff of potential nominees’ willingness to run for office.
      • Reviews the policies, procedures, position descriptions, and deadlines for required information with the potential candidates, and forward copies and provides clarification as requested.
      • Obtains permission to place potential nominees’ name on the ballot for the identified position or another position, if necessary.
      • Interviews all qualified candidates for each position. References should be interviewed as needed.
      • Participates in the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee conference call to select the slate of candidates.
    • Identifies potential leaders for committees, task forces and other ARN opportunities
      • Reviews ARN leadership skills and update when necessary.
      • Attends the ARN leadership course and chapter leadership sessions that are held in association with the annual conference. Committee members receive complimentary registration and one night of hotel reimbursement to attend the leadership course. Conference registration, additional travel and hotel expense are the responsibility of the member. If Leadership Course is held as a stand-alone meeting, consideration may be made to cover hotel and travel.
      • Networks and interacts with attendees at the leadership course and annual conference to help identify members who are enthusiastic about ARN and demonstrate leadership ability.
      • Networks with presenters and other contributors to the annual conference (SIG leaders, Award Winner’s, etc.)
      • Develops connections with potential leaders. Learns about areas of interest, expertise and leadership potential for ARN. Makes a personal/professional connection and share contact information.
      • Follows up with contacts after conference to encourage involvement in ARN over the next year. Encourages them to participate in ARN in one or more of the following ways.
        • Submit an abstract to present at conference.
        • Write an article for the ARN Network or RNJ.
        • Join a SIG or Chapter – volunteer to lead.
        • Participate in the listserv
        • Enter information on VIP
        • If appropriate, submit a candidate application for the board of directors.
    • Contacts members who contribute to RNJ to discuss opportunities for getting more involved.
    • Provides list of potential leaders to chair with information about their areas of interests and potential strengths; the chair will provide that information to the board president, president-elect and staff.

ARN 2016 Nominating and Leadership Development Committee
Sharon Murphy-Potts, BSN RN CRRN, Chair
Stephanie Burnett, MSN DNP RN ACNS-BC CRRN
Regina Cox, MSN RN-BC CRRN
Paul Nathenson, RN