June 8, 2020
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!
Our Full Day of Education has come and gone. The current board members have not changed as we received no new nominations. Hopefully next year at this time there will be others ready to pick up the baton so this chapter can continue providing excellent opportunitites for engagement, education, and networking.
We did receive nominations for all 3 awards. Congratulations to Kerri J. for her Rising Star Award, Amy B. for her second Excellence in Nursing Award, and The Ability Center for the Community Award. The ladies both received a year's membership to ARN/WARN. The Ability Center was awarded money to continue their good work.
We have a full year to concern ourselves with new nominations- but ANY time you see a peer who is going above and beyond, why not nominate them for one of our awards? Everyone loves being recognized and we need to support each other in our striving towards excellence.
Think about it! We are doing great things daily with little recognition. Doesn't it feel good when we finally get a pat on the back? Help each other out; attend the educational opportunities, bring a friend, get involved! It's good for your soul. I promise.
Nickie G. BSN, RN, CRRN
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