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 fr
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!
The first time I attended a WARN conference was in 2011, having just returned to Wisconsin from Kansas (prev AZ, prev TX, prev MN...I've been around.) By that point not only was I an experienced CRRN, I was the wife of a survivor; a veteran with 2 deployments under his belt who had only recently been able to return
The first time I attended a WARN conference was in 2011, having just returned to Wisconsin from Kansas (prev AZ, prev TX, prev MN...I've been around.) By that point not only was I an experienced CRRN, I was the wife of a survivor; a veteran with 2 deployments under his belt who had only recently been able to return to us after a grueling illness that left him with a brain injury. My career in Rehab had really come full circle!
Attending these educational opportunities and conferences were so fulfilling and inspiring. The networking was invaluable.
Just when we thought we couldn't take one more shift my friends and I would attend a 1/2 day conference and our batteries would recharge. We were reminded of how important our role was in assisting our clients in achieving their highest potentials. We encouraged each other and gained strength in telling each other our stories. We were all rewarded for contributing to the conversation. Some of us were nominated by our peers for exceptional skill sets. It was a rewarding experience.
It is time for me to step down from this roll that I've held for nearly a decade. This year has been punishing on nurses and made worse with the lack of face-to-face interactions that sustained us before. Hopefully WARN will be able to rise up along with our cohorts and we can enjoy each other's company again. But WARN does desperately need your help. Please consider reaching out to ask about a role on the board.
And one other thing; when 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 now more than ever.
My advice from 2019 still stands, "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."
Good luck out there,
Nickie G. BSN, RN, CRRN
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