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RNS Chapters
Rheumatology Nurses Society - Be the Resource They Need.
RNS Chapters

RNS Chapters

JOIN A CHAPTER
Are you interested in joining a Chapter of the Rheumatology Nurses Society? We would love to connect with you and discuss our RNS Chapters and how they benefit you! Our Chapter Development Team would love to connect with you through a virtual meeting and answer any questions you have.

START A CHAPTER
Are you looking to start a new RNS Chapter? Our Chapter Development Team would love to help you begin the process in your local area.

To schedule a call, use the link below to find a time that works best for you and book that slot. Then you will receive a confirmation email with directions and a link for your specific call. Our team member will be on video during the call but you are not required to turn your video on. We look forward to connecting with you and getting you connected to the RNS.

If none of the available slots work for you please chapters@rnsnurse.org and we will help find a time.

Rheumatology Nurses Society - Be the Resource They Need.

Become a Member

Are you interested in joining the Rheumatology Nurses Society? We would love to connect with you and discuss which of our membership opportunities would be right for you! Our Membership Development Team would love to connect with you through a virtual meeting and answer any questions you have.

To schedule a call, use the link below to find a time that works best for you and book that slot. Then you will receive a confirmation email with directions and a link for your specific call. Our team member will be on video during the call but you are not required to turn your video on. We look forward to connecting with you and getting you connected to the RNS.

If none of the available slots work for you please email members@rnsnurse.org and we will help find a time.

Meet the RNS Board

Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-PC

Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-PC

President

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Carrie Beach, BSN, RN-BC

Carrie Beach, BSN, RN-BC

President-Elect

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Carolyn Zic, MSN, FNP-BC

Carolyn Zic, MSN, FNP-BC

Member at Large – Pediatrics

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Barbara Kienzle, BSN, RN

Barbara Kienzle, BSN, RN

Member at large – Pediatrics

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Nancy Eisenberger, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Nancy Eisenberger, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Member at Large

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Joni Fontenot, RN

Joni Fontenot, RN

Member at Large

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April Johnson, MSN, APRN, CNP

April Johnson, MSN, APRN, CNP

Member at Large

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Laura P. Kimble, PhD, RN, FNP-C, CNE, FAHA, FAAN

Laura P. Kimble, PhD, RN, FNP-C, CNE, FAHA, FAAN

Research Chair

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Nick Manwaring, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Nick Manwaring, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Member at large

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Karen McKerihan, MSN, NP-C

Karen McKerihan, MSN, NP-C

Member at Large

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Teri Puhalsky, BSN, RN, CRNI

Teri Puhalsky, RN, CRNI

Member at Large

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RNS Live Virtual Events

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Session Description

Of Mice and Men: DMOAD Therapy for the Osteoarthritic Knee

This session will focus on the common findings, challenges, and targets of therapy including the use of disease modifying osteoarthrits drugs (DMOADS) in patients with osteoarthritic knees.

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Immunology in Rheumatoid Arthritis

In this session, we will discuss the application of the fundamentals of immunology in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Transitioning your Lupus Patient from Pediatric to Adult Care

Transfer of care from pediatrics to adults can be difficult for patients, especially for patients diagnosed with lupus, a disease with a high rate of comorbidity. In this session, we will address comorbid manifestations in lupus, and how to best prepare our patients for their transition to adult providers.

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How Genetics Will Impact the Future of Rheumatology

In this session, we will introduce translational genetics and genomics through the lenses of rheumatic diseases, such as Behcet’s Disease, Stills Disease, and Systemic Onset Juvenial Idiopathic Arthritis (SoJIA).

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Differentiating Between Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Other Hypermobility Syndromes

Take an assiduous look at the complexities between Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and other hypermobility syndrome (HMS) as we discuss clinical manifestations, the diagnostic workup, and what long term outcomes are for the hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes patient.

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Where Are We Now? A Look Back Through COVID-19 as of Fall 2020

It’s been nearly one year since COVID-19 was first identified as an infectious disease. Through the evolution and spread of the disease, we have learned a lot about what works and what we should avoid. In this session, we will talk about the most recent updates to treatment options for patients, particularly those with rheumatic diseases.

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Updates on Guidelines in Treating Your Gout Patients

Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis seen in rheumatology patients, and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released in 2020 new Guidelines for the Management of Gout. In this learning session we will be exploring the these updated treatment guidelines as well as recent and pipeline treatments so we can best serve our patients with the most current research released.

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A Deeper Dive into Spondylitis with You and Your Patient

Though patients may not pay attention to codes that their healthcare providers jot down, nurses and advanced practice providers know just how important that clerical detail can be. In this session, we will break down what the recent ICD-10 classification of non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) means for you as a provider and the future treatment of non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis.

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What Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) Looks Like in the Rheumatology Patient

In this session, we will be walking through diagnosis to care for our patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). We will be discussing pathophysiology, immunology, differential diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatment of antiphospholipid syndrome.

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An Overview of Vasculitis for the Nurse and Advanced Practice Provider

Vasculitis can range from mild to life threatening symptoms, so it is important as providers to know where your patient falls on the spectrum. This session will cover a global overarching review of the disease, including detection, manifestations, and treatments.

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An Integrative and Alternative Approach to Rheumatology Patient Care

In this session, we will take a look at an integrative approach to patient care, combining complementary and alternative treatments in addition to medical therapies commonly applied in rheumatology.

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Treating Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) in Sarcoidosis

Interstitial lung disease (ILD), sarcoidosis is lesser known in the specialty of rheumatology and requires a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. This session will provide the pathophysiology and disease process in interstitial lung disease, as well as treatment and support considerations in interstitial lung disease patients with sarcoidosis.

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Pregnancy and Women’s Health in Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

In this session you will learn about how Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) impacts your pregnant patients and the latest American College of Rheumatology guidelines.