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 General Sessions

Thursday, October 30, 2014 |9:45–11:15am

Opening Keynote Session

Spinal Cord Injury:  My Quest through Quadriplegia

Joni Eareckson TadaJoni 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.



Friday, October 31, 2014 | 8–9:15 am

Founder’s Address 

Smart Environments — Sensor Technology That Signals Change in Function or Health

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LLorraine Phillipsorraine Phillips, PhD RN
University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe new technologies in use in living environments of older adults.
  2. Identify potential decision-support information health alerts can provide to nursing staff serving older adults.
  3. Appraise the potential for technology to support health care services for older adults in rehabilitation and home and community based settings.

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.


Saturday, November 1, 2014 |11:45am–1pm

Closing General Session

Transforming Practice in the Age of Reform

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Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), FAAN, FACCWS, GCNS-BC, NEA-BC, CWCN, CFCN

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three elements of accountability and their expression grounded in the Affordable Care Act expressing increasing demand for value health impact and sustainable quality outcomes.
  2. Specifically delineate the practicing rehabilitation nurse’s response to the demand for significant practice change in a way that affects the person, the caregiver community, partnership with the patient, and the changing health of the broader community.
  3. State the gap challenges between current individual and collective professional practices and the increasing demand for rehabilitation nursing practice change in a way that has personal and professional meaning and lays the foundation for real practice change.

Tim Porter O'GradyTransforming 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.