RNF logo2002014 Excellence in
Rehabilitation Nursing Honorees

The following nurses/groups have been recognized by their peers for their exceptional contribution to rehab nursing:


Cynthia S. Jacelon, PhD RN-BC FAAN CRRN, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
In recognition of Cynthia S. Jacelon for her sustained excellence in leadership and mentorship in rehabilitation nursing.

Anne Deutsch, PhD RN CRRN, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
In recognition of Anne Deutsch, internationally known nurse researcher. Role models inter-professional collaboration. Mentor within ARN for research, publishing/editing. History of important research in the field of Rehabilitation. One of the few rehabilitation nurse researchers to employ secondary data analysis. Graciously shares expertise with fellow ARN members.

Anne Deutsch, PhD RN CRRN, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
In recognition of Dr. Deutsch who has made sustained and continuing contributions to the advancement of nursing and rehabilitation research over the past twenty years. Her work has been important in establishing role of functional assessment as a national quality indicator in post-acute care settings.

Margaret Cieri, BSN RN, Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, NY
Margaret is an excellent nurse manager of a CARF-accredited 40 bed acute rehabilitation unit.  She is a nursing role model and has developed programs that bring quality of life, including a patient council, nurse practice council and multiple educational conferences.  Margaret is a strong advocate for service excellence.

The Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
Congratulations to Felisha Alderson, MSN BSN RN CRRN, Alice Segerstrom, BSN RN CRRN, Wendy Wintersgill, MSN RN CRRN ACNS-BC and the Center for Rehabilitation Team for their study that provides the evidence that gait belts improve safety!  Over a 15-week pilot and 2,044 gait belt uses there were zero assisted falls recorded!

The 2013 - 2014 ARN Board of Directors
Congratulations to the 2013 - 2014 ARN Board of Directors who have made enormous strides this year in advancing the profession and the strategic plan of ARN.  They have moved us significantly toward the goal of being a preferred resource for rehabilitation nursing knowledge.  This year a new model for rehabilitation nursing was developed, and ARN was represented internationally in China and Portugal.

~The Board of Directors are being honored by ARN President, Kris Mauk.

Alhambra Hospital Rehab Unit’s CRRNs, Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, Alhambra, CA
Congratulations to our rehabilitation nurses!  We take pride in your commitment and achievement. We are proud of your devotion in forming a study group and successfully challenging the CRRN examination:  Crystal Chau, CRRN, Peggy Chen, CRRN, Sally Chi, CRRN, Eva Fan, CRRN, Amanda Li, CRRN, Angie Ng, CRRN, Susan Shi, CRRN, PeiChun Tang, CRRN and Kerry Wu, CRRN.

~The Alhambra CRRNs are being honored by Eleanor Martinez, MA RN, Chief of Nursing Operations.

Polytrauma Rehabilitation Field Advisory Committee, Office of Nursing Service, Veterans Health Administration
The Polytrauma Rehabilitation Field Advisory Committee (PFAC) represents nurses nationally serving the OEF, OIF, OND Veterans and families.  Members of the PFAC assisted in drafting components for the Caregiver Legislation, in developing the SCI content for the Veterans Health Library and provided input for revisions to many handbooks and policies.

~The committee members are being honored by Brenda French, MSN RN CRRN, Polytrauma Staff Educator.

The CRRN's of BAYADAbility, BAYADA Home Health Care, Moorestown, NJ
In 1989, I targeted the important role that rehabilitation nursing plays in home care.  Our BAYADAbility program now boasts 24 CRRN's, and we believe no other home care company in the country provides this program.  I nominate our rehab nurses in BAYADAbility for making my dream a reality.

~Ann Baiada, BAYADAbility Nursing Program of BAYADA Home Health Care.

The CRRN's of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Petersburg, VA
Christy Patrick, Shella Mayson, Candace Seymore, Maria Smith & Jamie Tahir
Here at HealthSouth Petersburg, we value and promote excellence of clinical practice in all disciplines.  Our Nursing Department has doubled the CRRN staff in the past year and has the same goal this year and going forward until all RNs are certified.  Excellence at the bedside promotes the best patient experience and outcomes.  Thank you to our CRRNs!

~The Petersburg CRRNs are being honored by HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Petersburg Virginia.

All of My Mentors in ARN
Thank you all for helping me along this amazing journey!  If you are asking yourself if you are or have been a mentor to me, you can count it as YES!

~Michelle Camicia, MSN RN CRRN, Director Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center

The CRRNs at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center
Thank you for demonstrating your commitment to the specialty practice of rehabilitation nursing!  You are outstanding role models on our team.  Your dedication to the patients, families, and the communities we have the privilege to serve is deeply appreciated.

~The CRRNs at Kaiser are being honored by Michelle Camicia, MSN RN CRRN, Director, Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center

Joyce L. Reeves, Donna Williams and Michelle Camicia, my three mentors
My mother, Joyce L. Reeves who mentored me into nursing at an early age and who encouraged throughout my career.

Donna Williams was my first mentor in rehabilitation nursing. She mentored me to get into ARN and to get my CRRN.

Michelle Camicia has been an incredible leader at the local and national level who has helped me and many others progress in their careers and to advance the specialty practice of rehabilitation nursing.

~The three nurses are being honored by Gail Sims, MSN RN CRRN

In Memory of Malcolm Maloof
A true leader in rehabilitation. Was ARN President and advocate for ADA act.

~Honored by Teresa Thompson

Marit Kirkevold, Professor at the Department for Nursing Science, Oslo University, Norway
Marit is an outstanding researcher within rehabilitation in specific stroke and elderly people.  She is a front figure in the development of nursing research in both Denmark and Norway, has developed important nursing theory and she teaches and supervises plenty of nursing students from basic to PhD level.  She is always friendly and inviting towards both students and colleagues.

~Marit is being honored by Lena Aadal and Ingrid Poulsen, Hammel Neurorehabilitation and Research Centre and Department for Neurorehabilitation, TBI Unit, Copenhagen University Glostrup Hospital

Past & Present ARN Board Presidents
Through their hard work and visionary leadership the past and present ARN board presidents have led the board and ARN to be leaders in transforming healthcare and making rehabilitation more than just a place.

Lisa K. Alberte Twinde, RN BSN CCM MS CRC ABDA, Executive Director/Nursing  Rehab Director, Acres of Hope and Aspirations, Inc., Muskego, WI
Lisa started a rehab home/farm called Acres of Hope and Aspirations that utilizes Creatures of Rehab (fur, feather and reptile friends) that aide in the rehabilitation, cognitive skills training and vocational potential of people affected by brain injury.  Creatures also help educate children about brain injury and prevention.

April Mundy, RN and Christina Lalescu, RN, John Muir Health Rehabilitation Unit, John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek
These dedicated rehabilitation specialty nurses participate in continuous quality improvement processes that improve the lives of our patients and rehab unit team.

~April and Christina are being honored by Patty Haggen, John Muir Medical Center Rehabilitation Unit

Sally Strong, MSN RN CNRN CRRN, Amelia Bumsted, BA BS RN CRRN & Nursing Practice Council, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Our Nursing Practice Council has the following objectives:  Identify nursing practice areas requiring change; Identify evidence-based practices addressing identified opportunities; Implement practice changes; Evaluate effectiveness.  We addressed the following topics:  Consistency in taking orthostatic vital signs; Consistency in daily weight timing; Increasing patient cooperation with managing fluid restrictions and hyponatremia.

~The nurses are being honored by Brandi Moore, Director of Nursing, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Nursing Department, Dr. Kathleen Ruroede, PhD MEd RN and Sally Strong, MSN RN CNRN CRRN, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
A staff nurse developed our fall prevention program.  A nurse Educator and Vice President of Quality/Research created a rehab specific assessment.  Our nurses are proud of the fall reduction.  The tool is copyrighted and available for free.  A hospital in Tennessee experienced 25% decrease in falls after implementation.

~The nurses are being honored by Brandi Moore, Director of Nursing, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Kathleen Ruroede, PhD MEd RN, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
In July 2012, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital initiated an online nursing journal club as a joint effort between the Nursing Department, Medical Library and Research Department.  The purpose of the online journal club is to facilitate the use of evidence-based practice and research.  We have awarded 494 CE hours to nurses.

~Kathleen is being honored by Brandi Moore, Director of Nursing, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Maxine Cramton, BSN, RN, Director of Rehabilitation Nursing-Retired,  The Ohio State University Medical Center-Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Center
Maxine Cramton, as Director of Rehabilitation Nursing at The Ohio State University's Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Center, was one of the founders of ARN.  She recognized and valued the evolving specialty role of rehabilitation nursing and realized ARN would provide the national leadership for advancing the education and research that was required.

~Maxine is being honored by the Central Ohio Chapter of ARN

Cindy Gatens, MN RN CRRN, Rehabilitation Clinical Nurse Specialist-Retired, The Ohio State University Medical Center-Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Center
Cindy Gatens, a founding member of ARN and our Central Ohio Chapter, guided many nurses from novices to experts in rehabilitation nursing.  She encouraged certification and presented/assisted with many paper/poster presentations for ARN conference.  She is an author, educator and researcher, but most importantly, a role model for patient/family advocacy.

~Cindy is being honored by the Central Ohio Chapter of ARN