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This past weekend I attended the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) conference in Charlotte, North Carolina on behalf of the Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center. The city was warm (literally and figuratively!) and friendly, just like the AANN nurses.
For each conference I attend, there is usually a few unique moments that stood out. At the AANN conference, I noticed just how popular our Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD) cards are; and this wasn’t the first nurses conference that the AD cards were almost as popular as the free pens either (nurses love their pens!) The AD cards are totally FREE (you can either download them from our website or give us a call and we can send you some.) They come in versions for adolescents and adults, as well as in Spanish. The cards allow the patient to be their own advocate filling in important medical information; so just ask any nurse, you’re going to want to carry this with you at all times. Here's the link to download or request yours for free!
In addition to the AD cards, a lot of nurses just provided some nice comments about how our organization has helped them… and well, that is just always nice to hear.
One nurse in particular really surprised me when she praised our Guide to the Best Apps for Individuals Living with Paralysis. We often hear comments like, “Your website is great, we use it all the time…” but hearing specifically about the app guide was really unique. A student was writing a paper about apps and accessibility, came across our app guide doing some research, and sent it on to her. Needless to say, if you haven’t checked out the app guide, don’t waste any time, grab your smart phone or tablet and start your app search now!
Some other fun notes, one nurse was sure to tell us she read Christopher’s first book, Still Me (you can borrow it from our lending library) while a handful of other nurses stopped over to say they had the opportunity to meet Christopher and/or Dana when they came to their hospitals. One nurse noted how she recalls when she was stopped coming off an elevator at University of Virginia Medical Center where Christopher first went when he was injured, because he was there and weren’t allowing anyone on that floor.
Thanks Charlotte and thanks to AANN and all the nurses for another successful conference of educating nurses about the Paralysis Resource Center and what we have to offer.
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