Professor elected president of Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

December 29, 2009 | News, UToday
By Emily Hickey

At the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses 35th Annual Educational Conference, Dr. Linda Pierce, UT professor of nursing, took on a new role: president-elect.

As an active member of the association for more than 20 years, Pierce will be able to include president to her list of accomplishments when she takes over the top spot in 2010.

Pierce has held multiple leadership positions prior to this election; she served on task forces and committees of the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation, which is the arm of the association that funds research in rehabilitation nursing practice.

She also served as chair of the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation Board of Trustees from 2006 until 2008 and has served on the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses’ Board of Directors since 2003.

Pierce said she is delighted at the opportunity to serve her colleagues and is looking forward to what the future holds for the association.

“The future of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses lies in the strategic plan and its big hairy audacious goal: to reshape health care by integrating rehabilitation nursing concepts into care for all people.”

The goal of the association is to reshape health care by integrating rehabilitation nursing concepts into the care for all people with objectives targeted at leadership, research, government relations and professional development.

Pierce holds a doctor of philosophy in nursing from Wayne State University and master of science and bachelor of science degrees in nursing from the University of Akron.

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