CRRN Review Course 11/3 and 11/4

What: Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Review Course

When:  Thursday and Friday November 3 and 4th, 2016

Where: MossRehab, Einstein Elkins Park Healthcare Network

60 East Township Line Road

Elkins Park, PA 19027



7:30 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM General Rehab Principles

11:00 AM Rehab Team/Community Reentry

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM Economic & Health Policy Issues

1:30 PM Rehab Nursing Principles/Ethics

2:30 PM Break

2:45 PM CVA

4:15 pm Day 1 Evaluations



7:30 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM Traumatic Brain Injury

10:00 AM Break

10:15 AM Pediatric Rehabilitation

11:15 AM Lunch

12:15 PM Spinal Cord Injury

2:15 PM Break

2:30 PM Sexuality

3:45 pm Day 2 Evaluations and CEU Distribution

4:30 Day 2 Evaluations & CEU Distribution



Name: _______________________________

Phone: (H) ____________ (C) ____________

E-Mail Address: ________________________

Home Address: ________________________

Facility: ______________________________

Tuition fee: Two day course: $300.00

One Day Fee: $150.00

A 10% discount is offered to three or more registrants from the same organization.

Indicate days of attendance:

Thursday ________ Friday ________

Both Days _______

Enclosed is a check or money order in the amount of $_________.

Please make all checks payable to MossRehab


Mail to: Denise Bowers


Staff Development Office, Room 200

Einstein Healthcare Network

60 Township Line Rd

Elkins Park, PA 19027


Contact: Carol Grossman


Registration Deadline: November 1, 2016

Chapter Meeting on September 29th

We are so excited that the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) national conference is upon us. Join us for our chapter meeting at the conference on Thursday (9/29) from 7-8:30 p.m. in room 401-402 of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. And don’t forget—stop by and say hi at our chapter’s table throughout the conference. 

GPC-ARN presenting in September!

We are pleased to announce that multiple GPC-ARN members will be presenting posters, case studies and discussions on a variety of topics. Congratulations to those members! Check out the program for the exciting (locally grown) presentations.

Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital
Barb Merges – “Competency Assessment:  Standardize, Individualize and Build Accountability.”
Kristine Longo - “Simplifying our emergency response system to improve the quality of our outcomes.”


Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Janice Schuld - “Starting at the End: Advantages to Discussing Discharge Planning at Family Meetings.”
Naoko Otsuji-Miwa and Evelyn Phillips – “Room Together.”
Naoko Otsuji-Miwa, Kelly Adair, Julianne Rece, and Amy Bratta – “Minimizing transfer skin injury.”
Naoko Otsuji-Miwa, Michelle Watkins, Elvia Carmona, and Evelyn Phillips – “Proactive Innovation for Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis(IAD).”


Lalitha Mathew and Timi Florkowski – “Putting the “C” In Caring for LVADs (Left Ventricular Assist Device): Where Caring Science meets Heart Science”
Elaine Flynn – “SCI Unit Use of CUSP Model to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections.”
Elaine Flynn - “ARN Chapter Moves Health Policy from Strategic Plan to a Reality.”
Beth Jacobs, Shari Goodman and Susan McCulley – “Turning Matters: An innovative Technology to Reduce Patient Harm.”
Lisa M Pinder – “Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone: Managing More Complex TBI Patients.”
Karyn Kling – “Knowledge is Power: Comprehensive Pain Education to Enhance Comfort and Improve Outcomes.”
Denise Griffin and Lori Roadcap - “Green Means Go!  An Interdisciplinary Rehab Team Approach to Falls Prevention.”
Lisa Magee and Jaclyn Jandrisevits – “On the CUSP; A Safety Breakthrough.”


Maureen Baker – “Group Dynamics Related to Stress in High Tech Care.”
Cay Ambrose - “RN to Home Care CRRN: A Collaborative Mentorship Program”

Did we miss your name? Are you a GPC-ARN member presenting at the September conference? Let us know! Email Betsy


Welcome new board members!

Thank you to all the participated in the recent election. We want to take a minute to welcome Karen Fried and Mary Anne Saveoz to the board. See below for their positions as well as a little information about them.

In addition, thank you to Elaine Flynn, Kristine Longo, and Laura Bittner for extending your terms on the board. We appreciate your service.


Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ARN Election Results

President Elect

Mary Anne Saveoz

Education: BSN-Gwynedd-Mercy College (BSN- 1982, AD - 1973) 

Certification: CRRN for over 20 years

Current Employment: ReMed Recovery Care-nurse clinician for 17 years—various sites and roles from RCM to co-medical management of medically complex TBI patients; advocating w/external Drs. and providers; coordinating pre & post op care and staff education for patients in group home/apartment settings; assist with cancer and end of life care.

This position is important to me: Over several years I have seen many talented nurses take on the challenges of leading the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ARN. I have learned so much from all of them, and grown as a nurse and a person. At this point I feel it is my opportunity to give back to the rehab nursing community, and especially to find a way to spark the interest and dedication of newer nurses who can carry us all into the future. Rehab nursing as a specialty, and the disabled patients and families we serve, depend on this growth.

Favorite Saying: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storms to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain!”


Laura Bittner

Education: Hahnemann University (1991) with AD in nursing

Certification: CRRN since 1994

Current Employment: Outpatient marketing liaison for Magee Rehabilitation

This position is important to me: I have served on the Greater Phila. Chapter of ARN as a Board member and as Chapter Secretary for the past 8 years. This experience has enabled me to work with and learn from a talented group of nurses who share a passion for rehabilitation nursing. I will continue to serve our Chapter by helping to bring forth initiatives that will aide in the development of present and future rehabilitation nurses.

Favorite Saying: “CAN DO!”

Board of Directors Member

Elaine Flynn

Education: RN Montgomery Hospital School of Nursing 1975; BSN/LaSalle University 1985; MSN/LaSalle University Nursing Admin 1991

Certification: CRRN; CIC (Certified Infection Control)

Current Employment: Infection Preventionist MossRehab, Elkins Park, PA

Practice Information: Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation and Infection Prevention and Nursing Education

This position is important to me: I am knowledgeable of GPC strategic initiatives and I am prepared to lead us forward. Our strategic plan, which includes advancing nursing practice and empowering nurses, parallels national initiatives outlined in the 2010 IOM Future of Nursing Report. In my tenure on the GPC board, we increased membership by 15%, provided quality education programs, and were recipients of national ARN leadership awards. I believe that we empower our members through living the Strategic plan. I have been an active participant in professional development, government relations and research at the local and national level by providing quality education programs that enhance nurse’s knowledge, encourage review of evidenced based practice via journal club and promote the value of rehabilitation nursing certification. As a member of the GPC leadership team I will do my best to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, act in prudent way with veracity to achieve the goals of the chapter.

Favorite Saying: Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. (Albert Einstein)  

Karen Mandzak Fried

Education: BSN - Thomas Jefferson University, MSN- UPenn

This position is important to me: I have a long previous history and love of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of ARN and believe strongly in all that it does! I was deeply involved with it in the 80’s and 90’s in my position as the Rehab Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Manager on the CIRU/SCI unit at Thomas Jefferson University and as a weekend Nursing Supervisor at Magee Rehabilitation. I was also involved on the Rehab Nursing Certification Board during that time. After raising my children and doing consulting and Life Care Planning during those years, I am now back practicing at Magee Rehabilitation in the Gaspar Outpatient Center and grant-funded Medical Home Project.

Favorite Saying: “NEVER A DULL MOMENT”

Kristine E. Longo

Education: RN, Diploma

Certification: CRRN

Current Employment: Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

This position is important to me: It is important to me to enhance my nursing career experience in other ways besides the bedside. It is important to have a voice in decision making and to be involved of our professional organization.

Favorite Saying: “The earth has seen the embrace of the sun and we shall see the results of that love.” (Sitting Bull)