Nittany Valley Nurses Attend the ARN Conference


The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) hosted the 39th Annual Educational Conference this year in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 2 - 5.  This year’s theme was “The Continuum of Care: Navigating the Road to Recovery.” This year, HealthSouth Nittany Valley was proud to have two nurses present posters at the conference, and one nurse present a paper.

The keynote speaker was John Hockenberry, a journalist and author. A four-time Emmy Award winner and three-time Peabody Award winner, Hockenberry has worked in media since 1980. He is author of the nonfiction book Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence and the novel A River Out Of Eden. He is a prominent figure in the disability rights movement; Hockenberry sustained a spinal cord injury in a car crash at the age of 19, which left him with paraplegia from the chest down.

The primary goal of the ARN conference is to increase nurses’ awareness of new trends in rehabilitation health care and to support the continued growth of the specialty of rehabilitation nursing.  The conference also provides education in state-of-the-art approaches to improving patient care, provide strategic knowledge about current issues facing the healthcare industry, and incorporating evidence-based practice into the care of patients and their families.

ARN Conference

Nittany Valley’s Traci Curtorillo (left) and Jessica Coudriet, both certified rehabilitation registered nurses, presented at the ARN Annual Education Conference October 2-5 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Traci’s poster discussed “Excellent Outcomes through Education: The Teachback Method and Positive Patient Outcomes” and Jessica’s poster presented “Onboarding of New RNs: Creating a Passion for Rehabilitation Nursing. Sue Evans, CNO presented a paper “Improving the Discharge Process: The Impact on Patient Safety and Customer Satisfaction.”