“With so many of us in our red sweaters, we were a force to be reckoned with.” – Founder of the BAYADAbility program, Ann Baiada, now a retired CRRN and director of Headquarters
The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) held their annual conference in Philadelphia from Wednesday, September 28 to Saturday, October 1. More than 800 rehabilitation nurses from around the country gathered at the event to advance their knowledge and explore cutting-edge rehab nursing solutions. BAYADA's own BAYADAbility Rehab Solutions team members—more than 25 strong— attended, representing BAYADA with informational materials and three conference presentations.
BAYADA had a formidable presence at the conference, with Maureen Baker, MSN, RN, CRRN of the Washington Township office presenting Group Dynamics Related to Stress in High-Tech Care in the Home, and Carol Bishop, RN, CRRN of the Clinical Standards and Leadership office speaking on Using Everyday Technology to Meet the Rehab Needs of the Home Care Client.
Cay Ambrose, RN, CRRN, director of clinical programs, BAYADAbility, is also the president of the ARN Philadelphia Chapter. She presented with Barbara A. Miller, RN, CRRN, a clinical nurse educator at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. In their presentation titled, RN to Home Care CRRN: A Collaborative Mentoring Program, the two discussed the partnership between BAYADA and Magee. The presentation detailed the benefits of the program and how it provides a comprehensive clinical observation experience to home care RNs studying for the CRRN exam. The rest of the BAYADAbility team networked and communicated about the high level of care that BAYADAbility provides in the home.
"At the conference, my name tag indicated that I was a new CRRN,” said Carolyn Fontana, a BAYADA clinical manager. “People were asking me how I prepared for the CRRN exam and I told them about our mentorship program and how I have the BAYADAbility team to thank.”
BAYADA left attendees with many takeaways, such as tips for ensuring proper discharge, the benefits of using technology in rehab nursing, the value of mentorship, and the importance of identifying stressors in the home. But most importantly, the team hopes they conveyed a sense of unity that speaks to compassion, excellence, and reliability in specialized care.
Founder of the BAYADAbility program, Ann Baiada, now a retired CRRN and director of Headquarters, says the conference is one that won’t be forgotten in her eyes. “I was prouder than a mother duck, trotting around with over a dozen ducklings! My most important legacy to BAYADA is flourishing and growing, which means more and more clients in need of rehabilitative nursing care will be able to access it.”
Learn more about BAYADAbility Rehab Solutions, here.