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VBCR - June 2015, Volume 4, No 3 - The Rheumatology Nurse
Alice Goodman

The Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) recently announced some important projects. These include the publication of the Core Curriculum for Rheumatology Nursing and the Rheumatology Nurse Practice (RNP) Initiative.

The Core Curriculum for Rheumatology Nursing is the first edition of a 484-page hardcover textbook. The textbook was authored by a team of 26 rheumatology nurses, 5 section editors, and other experts in education, research, and publishing. The editorial board, which led this project, included Sheree C. Carter, PhD, RN; Victoria Ruffing, RN, CCRP; Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN, CPNP; and Deborah Hicks, RN.

The RNP Initiative has 3 programs—a peer-reviewed newsletter, a series of Google Hangout (webinar) live programs, and regional live events.

The first volume of the newsletter, published March 2015, included the following topics:

  • Which of the current Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures are most relevant to rheumatology practices?
  • What is meaningful use, and why does it matter for the rheumatology community?
  • How have individual rheumatology practices customized their electronic health records to encourage better alignment with PQRS and other quality indicators?
  • How successful have rheumatology practices been in the adoption of quality standards, and what hurdles remain?

The first RNP Google Hangout took place March 18, 2015. Rheumatology nurses were encouraged to participate in this live webinar, which focused on pediatric issues in juvenile idiopathic arthritis rheumatoid factor-positive.

RNS Goes Live!

In 2015 and 2016, RNS will be sponsoring live events. Dates and locations will be announced. These events will be posted in the free RNS Newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, go to the website www.rnsnurse.org.

Other Announcements

The 8th RNS Annual Conference will be held August 6-8, 2015, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Prospective attendees should reserve by July 20, 2015, to secure a special rate.

The RNS has issued a position statement on administration of biologic infusions. To see the full announcement, go to the website.

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