ARNA Celebrates 25 Years

ARNA Celebrates 25 Years

ARNA Celebrates 25 Years j Delma Armstrong, BSN, RN, CRN ARNA celebrated 25 years of radiology nursing at the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas, NV, June ...

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ARNA Celebrates 25 Years j Delma Armstrong, BSN, RN, CRN

ARNA celebrated 25 years of radiology nursing at the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas, NV, June 22e25, 2006. Between slot machines, black jack, and evening shows on the strip, over 525 radiology nurses were able to attend courses presenting up-to-the-minute information on the latest trends and procedures and patient care in radiology. Speakers and presenters came from across North America. The three-and-a-half day convention was packed with opportunities to learn and network. There were many special interests and procedural strategies debated, discussed, and shared. One of the best outcomes of any convention is the number of new contacts we created across the country. As the late Linda Strangio (editor of Images) used to say, ‘‘Nobody knows radiology nursing but a radiology nurse!’’ How wonderful it is to be in the company of our peers and colleagues, novice and expert alike. For the second year, ARNA offered preconvention workshops and concurrent and general sessions as well as poster presentations. These will certainly continue, since participation increased this year and these sessions were eagerly attended. PRECONVENTIONDWEDNESDAY The two-day Certification Preparation Course was attended by 140 members. The Certification Preparation Task Force worked on content and presentations for two years, constantly updating and critiquing clinical practice, to bring current information to this valuable workshop. The speakers were well received, and the overview was thought to be helpful, beyond the written resources available, for studying for the radiology nursing certification examination. CONVENTION DAY 1DTHURSDAY On Thursday, a morning course for administrators was titled ‘‘The Nurses’ Guide to Management . and How to Get Away With It!’’ Kimberly Parkinson, MSN, RN, shared her strategies for creating nurse leaders, whether we have formal titles or not. She shared how leadership develops, how to team-build, and how to arrive at winewin strategies for mediation during 86

conflict. She also divulged ways we can increase nursing’s value in the radiology department and covered basic financial skills for nurses. All 120 seats were filled by the time Kim stepped up to the podium. In the afternoon, Bard Access Systems sponsored ‘‘Insertion of Vascular Access Devices Using Advanced Placement Techniques,’’ delivered by Paul Blackburn, MNA, RN. This course was capped at 50 participants and was full before the convention began. Paul was joined by two colleagues, also RN PICC educators, in teaching this course. This interactive, hands-on course was targeted to clinicians who have demonstrated proficiency in starting IVs and knowledge of central venous catheters. Attendees completed an online course before Mr. Blackburn’s primarily hands-on training. There was time allowed for practice, and many participants stayed afterward to continue examining equipment and trying out venipuncture techniques. Later in the day, there was a new member orientation session that was well attended by first-time attendees. The ARNA Board of Directors and Planning Committee coordinators were present to welcome convention participants and share how they became involved in ARNA. Immediately after this informal meeting, the 25th Anniversary Opening Session, our first educational event of the convention, was presented. Opening session Wilfredo Casteneda-Zuniga, MD, spoke on ‘‘Needles, Guidewires, and Catheters: Historical Vignettes.’’ The evolution and major advances in the past 50 years in the use of these devices lend a greater appreciation for present day percutaneous vascular procedures, particularly now that nurses are creating their own niche in catheter placement and maintenance. Dr. CastanedaZuniga emphasized the importance of nursing’s role in radiology and in his practice in particular. He said, ‘‘The nurses, YOU, take care of the patient. I take care of the technological details. Without both, the procedure cannot be done. I count on you to know what you are doing and to do it well.’’ When asked what the first day was like ‘‘in one word,’’ the responses were long, broke, overwhelming,

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terrifying, unbelievable, great, and WOW. And we all looked forward to coming back on Friday. DAY 2DFRIDAY In the morning of Friday, June 23, the ARNA convention revved up with keynote speaker Debra Townsend, RN, encouraging us to celebrate our outstanding qualities and relationships in our journey toward exceptional professional nursing practice. Townsend contends that charismatic nurse leaders create a foundation for practice designed to foster an atmosphere of collegiality and cohesiveness. Townsend’s energetic, dynamic, and passionate delivery got ARNA members off to a good start, reaffirming the reasons that nursing was chosen as our life’s work. She fed us spiritually and emotionally, giving us renewed enthusiasm for learning and networking. Debra Townsend also identified the ‘‘longest practicing nurse’’ in our groupdMary Myrthil, RN, CNA, CRN, of Miami, FL, a member of the Radiologic Nursing Certification Board and a nurse for 46 years. General Sessions included Scott Trerotola, MD, sponsored by Arrow International, talking about ‘‘Treatment of Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations’’ and Jeffrey Mondschein, MD, sponsored by Cook, Inc., presenting ‘‘Oncology Advances.’’ Both the physician presenters addressed intermediate- to advanced-level topics. They both also emphasized the value of expert radiology nursing and radiology teamwork in all aspects of patient care. Concurrent sessions along with poster presentations kept the conventioneers busy on Friday afternoon. Concurrent sessions varied in scope and depth. Introductory content was presented by Karen Green, MHA, BSN, RN, CRN, with ‘‘Radiology Nursing 101,’’ an overview of the many radiologic modalities and subspecialties within the radiology environment. Ms. Green’s talk embraced the advantages of each modality as well as their unique radiation safety needs. An intermediate talk on ‘‘Internal Quality Assessment in Interventional Radiology’’ introduced a proactive model with practical applications in a wide variety of settings. This talk was presented by Darlene Murray, MSN, RN, and Zoran Bojic, MSH, BS, CIH, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Advanced content was presented by Shannon Fitzpatrick, MSN, RN, on ‘‘CSI: Radiology Forensics.’’ The role of the radiology nurse in the care of patients who are victims of violent crime or trauma has dramatically increased, as the number of radiology nurses in trauma centers has increased. The presenter described how the radiology nurse acts as an important link in the chain of evidence collection and often collaborates with law enforcement as well as multidisciplinary healthcare team members. A Chapter Development session finished out the day on Friday; it was well attended both by those with VOLUME 25 ISSUE 3

struggling chapters and those in the process of starting or wanting to start a chapter. Questions were answered and the tools given to facilitate chapter development. Let us eat cake! The Stardust chef presented a tiered birthday cake embellished with the ARNA logo for our afternoon break in the exhibitor pavilion. The chocolate and vanilla confection was the center of photo sessions for the past presidents, Board of Directors, and lucky members who got a picture before the centerpiece was devoured. DAY 3DSATURDAY Early Saturday morning, 60 ARNA members got up before the educational offerings to network via Special Interest Groups (SIGs). SIGs previously identified included Pediatrics, Advanced Practice, Leadership, and Gerontological. Two new groups requested networkingdthese are Free-Standing Radiology Units and Solitary Radiology Nurses (nurses who practice as a team of one or fewer). The energy and enthusiasm of the SIG member participants was contagious and provided a buoyant mood to the day. The SIGs will continue to get together and gain momentum through the year as they address each other’s concerns and conquests online in the ARNA forums. All members are invited to participate in one or all of the SIGs via the Website www.arna.net. The Annual Silent Auction, to benefit the scholarship fund, drew the interest of attendees between sessions. The auction raised over $1,300 from items donated by the membership. Items ranged from a hand-stitched and signed quilt from Bonita Jones, CNS, and the Grand Canyon Chapter, to jewelry, handbags, gourmet candies and wine, and a ‘‘Nurse Pamper Basket’’ donated by the Philadelphia Chapter. General sessions presented on Saturday provided intermediate content on ‘‘Patient Care Issues in Neurointerventional Radiology’’ offered by Jonathan Hartman, MD, and ‘‘Varicose Veins: New Minimally Invasive Therapies,’’ by Susan Kiernan O’Horo, MD, MPH, sponsored by Brigham and Women’s Hospital. On Saturday and Sunday, 15 concurrent sessions offered in five time slots gave convention attendees many choices in the areas of general radiology, interventional radiology, caring for the pediatric population, sedation, pharmacology, professional issues, management, and radiology research. Party! Our first ever evening gala was well attended and a time for playful revelry. Entertainment was provided by magician Bram Charles. Bram pulled from his bag of tricks an endless supply of sleight-of-hand illusions as

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Karen Green, center, is shown discussing her poster with Helen O’Daly of Princeton, and Lucinita Decastro at the opening poster session Thursday night.

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Michael Drafz (PICC workshop), center oversees the hands on practice of Wendy Williams of Galveston, TX while Marjorie Kallis of Sonora, CA looks on.

he traveled from table to table baffling the partygoers. Bram also provided a short show for the audience, delighting us again with his comic delivery and expert magic. The remainder of the show was provided by the audience as we played a radiology trivia game for ARNA prizes. Prizes ranged from ARNA 25th anniversary denim shirts to ARNA special reserve red wine, coffee mugs, and Core Curriculum textbooks. Past presidents and Pat Doohan, RN, Radiology Nurse of the Year, were honored with rose corsages.

Bobbi Forman of Boston, MA shares her poster with Vetlerine Terminal of Illinois at the opening poster on Thursday night.

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Nancy Riley of Salt Lake City, UT tries out her line insertion technique while Gndv Kelbch (presenter and exhibitor) shares pearls.

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Christy Lee introduced Wilfredo Castaneda-Zuniga, renowned Interventional Radiologist, who presented our opening general session on Thursday Night.

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Sharon Lehman, Board Member and Program Planning Liaison and Kathy Scheffer, Secretary 2005 and President Elect 2006.

Debra Town send started out the conference on an uplifting note.

Catherine Beal and Laura Krieb-Atwell of Rochester, NY with Debra Rassell and Elaine Attebury of Nashville, TN at the opening reception.

Mary Myrthil of Miami, FL was identified as the Member with the most years in nursing (46) during keynote address by Debra Townsend.

Caren Solberg of Biosphere was present as an exhibitor throughout the conference.

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From Houston, TX, Valerie Rioux and Joanna Po with Kathryn Callichia of Berlex.

Craig Larrimore of Florence, SC and Colleen Sasso of Daly City, CA.

Paulette Snoby, 2005-2006 President.

Gala dessert highlights ARNA’s logo.

DAY 4DSUNDAY Sunday, June 25, was closed out with a general session on ‘‘Career Alternatives for the Imaging Professional’’ by Carolyn Roth, RT(R), (MR), (CT), (M), (CV). Ms. Roth described opportunities available to professionals with an imaging background and the creative application of that experience to careers in education, sales and applications, image analysis, and research.

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Pat Doohan, Rochester, NYeRadiology Nurse of the year.

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The Annual ARNA Business Meeting was held over lunch on Saturday. SIG attendees were encouraged to sit together to extend their networking opportunities. The new officers and directors were installed on the

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Board and annual reports presented. Other ARNA annual business was conducted at the ARNA Board of Directors meetings before the opening of the convention and on the final afternoon. The RNCB and the Journal of Radiology Nursing Editorial Board met as did the Core Curriculum editor and contributors, chapter presidents, SIGs (Geriatric, Pediatric, Management, Advanced Practice, Free-Standing, and Solitary Nurses), and Executive Council (committee and task force chairs, editors, board members).

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CONCLUSION ARNA’s Silver Anniversary was celebrated in style and with verve in Las Vegas. Though we may never pass this way again, it was a memorable venue for the biggest birthday party we’ve had yet. As ARNA’s membership continues to grow and nurses enrich their expertise, we can expect even better conventions and opportunities to meet together and network. See you at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, March 1e6, 2007!

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