2017 ARNA Convention

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104th Annual ARNA Convention
November 2nd & 3rd, 2017
Embassy Suites
Little Rock, Arkansas

All nurses are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Arkansas Nurses Association’s convention. This year’s theme, “The Year of the Healthy Nurse”, is especially relevant to all nurses. In order to provide care to others and create a healthier Arkansas, nurses need to be healthy themselves. Putting on our own “oxygen mask” first, as the airlines recommend, is necessary to care for others. Nourishing ourselves physically, emotionally, spiritually and educationally is essential for our well-being. The convention falls during November this year, the designated month for “Mental Health Wellness.” Please take two days away from your busy work/home/volunteer schedule and attend this year’s convention for your own rejuvenation.

The convention promises diverse, current, evidence-based education; networking with peers; and some fun! National speakers provide keynote presentations each morning. Mini-exercise and stretching breaks on Thursday invigorate your body and mind. Zumba jumpstarts your weekend on Friday! Lunches each day and the ANPAC reception on Thursday offer an opportunity to network and socialize with other nurses from around the state. Multiple plenary and concurrent education sessions, poster sessions and a poster discussion (new this year!), membership assemblies to share your voice about issues affecting nursing and the Arkansas Nurses Association, and vendor exhibits with products that enhance nursing practice round out the convention and promise to recharge and renew you. The preliminary ARNA convention program schedule is included in this issue of the Arkansas Nursing News.

Won’t you join us for the 2017 Arkansas Nurses Association’s convention? Be a part of joining nurses from around the state who will gather in a spirit of collegiality and scholarship to share two days of creating healthier nurses and a healthier Arkansas. We’d love to have you participate in making this year’s convention the best yet!

Yours in service,

Brenda May, BSN, RN, ARNA President
Debra Jeffs, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, Lead Nurse Planner, ARNA Accredited Provider, Continuing Education
ARNA Convention Planning Committee:
Patricia Cowan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Betty Diehl, MSN, RN-BC
Melanie Mata, MSN, RN
Ruth Sims, BSN, RN
Shannon Roberts, MSN, RN
Shanna Wells, BSN, RN

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2017 Convention Program

Call for Abstracts

Exhibitors – below is a list of those exhibitors participating in the activity:

Coming Soon!

If you are interested in exhibiting at the Convention please email arna@arna.org

Sleeping Rooms:
If you require overnight hotel accommodations a block of rooms has been reserved for ARNA at a rate of $129.00 /night at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock, AR. Reserve your room today by calling 1-800-HILTONS before October 23rd.

Continuing Education:
Arkansas Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC COA).

ARNA will award the following contact hours to participants of the podium/platform and poster presentations who attend each entire session and complete the post-convention online evaluation.

Thursday, November 2, 2017…………………5.5 contact hours for full-day attendance
Friday, November 3, 2017……………………6.25 contact hours for full-day attendance

Note: Convention materials will be available online at arna.org. The evaluation will be conducted electronically after the convention and certificates issued electronically as well.