Preconference Sessions


Wednesday, October 2 | 8 am–Noon


Healing Mind and Spirit in Brain Injury Survivors, Caregivers, and Nurses (001)

3.75 CH
Janet Cromer, RN MA LMHA

Brain injury can cause psychological consequences for the survivor, family caregiver, and rehabilitation nurse. For the survivor, structural and functional changes in the brain combine with the challenges of adapting to a brain injury. Family caregivers have a distinct adjustment process that includes complicated emotions. Highly skilled nurses practice with empathic engagement in ethically complex situations, and may be vulnerable to traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Nurses also have the responsibility of educating patients and families about self-care and how to cope with mental health issues. In this workshop, Janet Cromer, RN MA LMHC will provide an overview of psychological issues and interventions for each group. The focus will be on evidence-based practices that nurses can incorporate to enhance their own health, as well as teach patients and families.

Fee: ARN Member $105, Nonmember $145


Wednesday, October 2 | 1 pm-5 pm


Strategies for Delivering Quality Patient Education (002)

3.75 CH
Judi Johnson, PhD RN FAAN

This interactive workshop is for nurses wanting to enhance their patient teaching skills. Attendees will learn to evaluate and improve teaching materials so that they can be more readily understood by patients as well as identify resources that are available for teaching stroke survivors. The presentation of content will include case studies that assess patient educational needs, hands on examination of the pros and cons of teaching materials, and role playing of difficult teaching situations. Johnson is known for having co-founded the I Can Cope patient education course of the American Cancer Society, which has been adopted by several countries around the world. She is well known internationally for her involvement in cancer care and was recently given the Oncology Nursing Society’s highest award for lifetime achievement in cancer nursing.

Fee: ARN Member $105, Nonmember $145

Working with Patients with Speech, Language, Cognitive, and Swallowing Disorders: What Every Rehab Nurse Needs to Know (003)

3.75 CH
Robin Beck, SLP

Professionals working with the neurologically impaired population on a rehabilitation unit are faced with challenges on a daily basis. Effectively communicating with patients with speech and language disorders and cognitive impairments is a challenge many professionals in this setting encounter. In addition, full appreciation of swallowing disorders and the risk of aspiration pneumonia is needed to prevent illness to the best of one's abilities. This presentation is designed to provide rehabilitation nurses with valuable information. Research-based techniques designed to facilitate communication, cognition, and safe swallowing will be discussed to provide participants with effective tools that can promote positive patient outcomes.

Fee: ARN Member $105, Nonmember $145