ARN Mission Statement
The Association of Rehabilitation nurses promotes and advances professional rehabilitation, nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration and research to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability and chronic illness.
Terri Sue Patterson, RN, MSN, CRRN, FIALCP
ARN National Distinguished Service Award Winner 2013
Terri has been a longstanding member of ARN for many years. Throughout that time, she has been Director, Secretary-Treasurer, President-Elect and ultimately, President of the association. She has been extremely involved in her local chapter – the Greater Philadelphia Chapter - throughout her membership.
Terri has presented at numerous national ARN Educational conferences as a moderator and poster and paper presenter. She has published in the ARN News Network as well as peer-reviewed journals on rehabilitation nursing.
Terri was instrumental in redesigning the Strategic Plan for ARN under her term as President. The strategic framework continues to be utilized today. Furthermore, after leading the ARN Board in redesigning the national ARN Strategic Plan, she then used similar concepts and redesigned the local chapter strategic plan to reflect and be in sync with the national strategic plan. Once ARN adopted the strategic plan, Terri also spearheaded the search and selection of our representatives in Washington, D.C. She was a strong and vocal member of the Health Policy committee during her time as President and afterward. She continues to be an advocate for rehabilitation nursing issues and patient care at the national and state levels.
She exemplifies a positive image of rehabilitation nursing by supporting the mission and goals of ARN – specifically through involvement in ARN which includes mentoring and promoting professional development, advocating for those individuals with disabilities and chronic illness and being actively involved in the profession. She is extremely active within her local ARN chapter and consistently encourages and supports others to become involved in ARN. Terri’s company provides rehabilitation evaluations, life care planning, case management, special needs trust care coordination, education, and medical-legal review. Her vast expertise has allowed her success both within ARN as well as the business world.