Opening Keynote Session
Spinal Cord Injury: My Quest through Quadriplegia
Joni Eareckson Tada
We are thrilled to welcome Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and chief executive officer of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident at age 17 left Tada a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. After 2 years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. Tada will share her rehabilitation experiences and describe the vital contribution rehabilitation nurses in particular made to help her live the full life she does.
Smart Environments — Sensor Technology That Signals Change in Function or Health
Lorraine Phillips, PhD RN
This exciting presentation will describe new technologies that could help nurses and other clinical staffs detect changes in health conditions before people complain of symptoms or before detected with clinical assessment. The Eldertech research team at the University of Missouri has developed a sensor-based alert system to detect changes in behavioral patterns that may herald early illness or functional decline. Displays of health alerts, videos of fall detection technology, and illustrations of sensor equipment and installations will be presented.
Closing General Session
Transforming Practice in the Age of Reform
Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), FAAN, FACCWS, GCNS-BC, NEA-BC, CWCN, CFCN
Transforming health care and the future of nursing practice will call for new insights and models. This closing session challenges rehabilitation nurses to rethink their practice in a transforming context and sets the stage for leading that transformative work as they return home to their practice settings. Through humor and insight, Dr. Porter-O’Grady will charge participants to continue the legacy of nursing and take the next steps in charting the future of rehabilitation nursing practice.