President's Letter



Dear Members,

Our Full Day Conference was fun and insightful. We had some great  speakers  touching on subjects as varied as in-depth brain anatomy and  physiology, what in-home therapy is like, a survivor’s story with a  military twist, and a tutorial on how to gain insight into your  patients’ experience to get more buy-in from them during care.

We also had some wonderful silent auction baskets. Bidding got pretty  intense at the end! We’d like to thank everyone who donated items for  the baskets and helped prepare them for the day. We always appreciate  more volunteers.

Finally, we did vote and were able to fill the roles of President  Elect and Secretary-Treasurer.  I am so pleased to introduce you to the  two newest members of our board! Both of them are already so excited to  help move WARN forward into the future.

Michael Braden is our new President Elect. This means he will assist  Vickie Stelzig in her role as President and learn the ropes with the  guidance of Gladys Hansen, our outgoing president. When the time comes  he will step into the role as President. Michael is the manager on the  UW Health Rehab Unit. He’s been an RN for 5 years and had a stint on  Froedert’s SCI unit prior to his move to Madison. While still a student  Michael was the president of the Wisconsin Student Nurse’s Association,  so this should be a breeze for him.  His goals for his role in WARN are  to assist with increasing membership and introduce more tech to our  programs.  Welcome, Michael!

Sarah Hopkins is an RN with her Masters and is currently a Clinical  Nurse Leader at the VA, working with the SCI group. She has been  involved in research at UW Milwaukee, Marquette, and the Medical College  of Wisconsin. She was also a supervisor on the rehab at the Jewish  Home. Sarah wasn’t sure if she could nominate herself for any of the  WARN open seats as she was not a member when she walked into the Full  Day Conference. But, look at her now!  She is now our new  Secretary-Treasurer and we are so happy to have her.

Be sure to come to our next 1/2 Day so you can meet the new kids on  the block! Keep an eye on the Facebook site and here under the Events  tab to stay up to date.  See you next time!

From the board



Dear Members,

Every year you pay your dues and update your CRRN CEU's because you care about being the best that you can be in  your profession. Hopefully you’ve been taking advantage of the half day educational opportunities that being a member of WARN affords you. Perhaps you know someone who has either been presented with one of our annual awards or your name has been pulled while attending an education session yourself. Each year we present a Community Award to a group or  company that helps make living life with a disability easier. We also  provide networking opportunities for you to get to know your fellow Rehab nurses within your region and throughout the state.

Our annual vote to bring on new Board Members is drawing near and we  would like to extend to all of you an invitation to consider trying for a  seat! We are looking for nominations specifically for:

  • President Elect
  • Membership/ Nominations
  • Education Programmer

We can’t do this without the support of our members and it is a great feeling to know that you are helping to provide knowledge and support to professionals like yourself who care deeply about our specialty. All Board Members have the opportunity to attend the annual ARN Reach Conference with registration fees fully covered! We meet every few months, often at the educational ½  days or utilizing phone meetings.

We can’t have a Wisconsin chapter if these positions aren’t filled. Please strongly consider becoming a member and be sure to have any nominations in soon. Nomination forms can be found below. We  strongly encourage you to participate so  we can continue providing you with the opportunities and tools to help  you succeed!

Thank you for all you do,


Our Mission


We want to make you a better nurse; an expert in your field, an advocate for your patients. We want to be your voice and your support.

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