August 2009
Mission Statement: The Rehabilitation Nurses Society is a membership organization that provides
continuing education and networking for medical care coordination. The professional goal of its members
is to advocate for quality patient care while utilizing community resources in a cost effective manner.
Come join friends and colleagues for a time of lunch and learning!
August’s Educational topic …..
Teamwork in Healthcare
Presented by Dr. Levi Harrison
Dr. Harrison is a hand specialist with Healthpointe Medical Group and the Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. He also
maintains a private practice in Los Angeles.
He is a graduate of Notre Dame University, where he received his undergraduate degrees in Romance Languages and
Electrical Engineering. He went on to medical school at UC Davis, where he also did his internship.
Dr. Harrison’s residency for orthopedic surgery took place at King Drew Medical Center, which he completed in 2005.
Join us as RNS welcomes Dr. Harrison as he discusses a components of a cooperative patient centered practice, how to
develop a clinical environment of service to ensure the delivery of patient care, development of a clinical environment ensures
delivery of patient, and key factors of a practice aimed at delivering quality patient care.
LOCATION: Quiet Cannon
August 27, 2009
900 Via San Clemente
11:30 – 12:00 pm
Montebello, CA
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Presentation: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
members - $25.00
non-member - $35.00
CEU’s: approved for 2 hours
BRN provider #01219
If you register, you are responsible for paying for the meal, even if you don’t attend.
Please RSVP by phone or mail by August 21, 2009.
Call Kellie Kerr or Maryanne Sawoski. Office: (818) 753-5106
Number of members
Cell (818) 730-8490
_____ at $25.00
Number of non-members: _____ at $35.00
August 27, 2009 RNS Meeting
Detach and mail to….
( Please include your check)
Maryanne Sawoski, c/o RNS
Continuity Care Home Nurses
12722 Riverside Drive, Suite #108
North Hollywood, CA 91607
Attention: Kellie Kerr
Address: ___________________________________
_________ ZIP: ____________________
President’s Message
August 5,2009
Dear RNS Members and Friends,
HOT, HOT, and more HOT! HOT weather, HOT tempers, and HOT Topics.
Where do I start?
HOT Weather: What does any reasonable person do in times like these? Why
of course, they pack up and leave for vacation. And where to? But to the
Colorado River by Needles/Laughlin where the temperature was 125 degrees!
Those that say you can't take it with you never saw a car packed for a vacation
trip. Oh yea, I forgot to mention that it is “dry heat” in the desert!
HOT Tempers: That is what you get when you spend your vacation with the
entire extended family. Talk about dynamics. There aren’t many situations
where being politically correct is so necessary. And how about those drivers on
the road, the clerks at the store when the A/C isn’t working, or the mate that
comes home after having a ‘hard day’? Do you feel your temperature rising?
HOT Topics: The Health Care Reform is still gathering momentum and the
debate is heating up. Did you see the reaction of concerned citizens at some of
the Town Hall meetings being held around the country to “sell” the ObamaCare
Check out the mailer from your local representatives. They will be holding town
hall meetings in your area during August. If you want to make your voice heard,
plan to attend a meeting. Adam Shift is my local rep and he is holding a meeting
at the Alhambra Library on August 11th. This is another opportunity to get
involved (and to make a difference) using the democratic process.
As Nurses and health care providers, I encourage you to take part in whatever
means you can to express yourselves to ensure that our freedoms are not
jeopardized by a few. Preserving our choices in healthcare honors the sanctity
of life.
Thank you to Rick Miller, Financial Planner for his most stimulating presentation
on how to keep your money and still be able to obtain Long Term Care. If you
have a need for a consult, Rick comes highly recommended. You can go to our
Web page to look up his information.
Again, I want to thank our friends who so generously continue to give for the
raffle drawing each month.
Stay well and I hope to see you at the RNS meeting on August 27th, to learn
from and with each other.
Renae Paulson, RN
RNS President
2009 Board of Directors
Renae Paulson
(818) 240-1234, ex. 2601
Rita Pathmanaban
Vice President
(714) 336-3212
Karen York
Corresponding Secretary/ (newsletter and web-site)
(818) 240-1234, ext. 2043
Maryanne Sawoski
(818) 753-5106
Cell (818) 730-8490
Nancy Person
Recording Secretary
(818) 240-1234, ext. 2669
Diana Campos-Toretzky
Member at Large (membership)
(818) 894-7879
Northridge Hospital Medical Center,
Center for Rehabilitation Medicine
is hosting a free education symposium.
9:00 A.M. TO 2 P.M.
Neurogenic Pain Management
Thomas Hedge, MD
Neurogenic Spasticity Management
Alex Lin, MD
Psychotropic Management of
Mood Disorders & Insomnia
Walter Jacobsen, M.D.
3 continuing education hours for:
California BRN Provider #12584,
Board of Behavioral Sciences #PCE3927,
CCM #CM350 and C
ME Category I Credits
For more information or to pre-register, contact:
Patricia Klein,
Marketing Manager, Rehab Services
818-700-5606 or via e-mail at:
Zenith Insurance has an opportunity for a telephonic medical case
manager working out of the Glendale office.
Essential job functions include: completes timely and regular
contacts with medical providers, injured workers and employers.
directs treatment to appropriate network providers, facilitates the
earliest appropriate return to work release, coordinates RTW
efforts with team members.
Nurse will facilitate MMI (maximum medical improvement) and
discharge from care, will consistently and accurately document
interventions and rationale for decisions, and will educate claim
staff and employers on medical issues and RTW processes within
corporate guidelines.
May travel on an occasional basis to Orange and Woodland Hills
Candidate must have an active and clear RN License, valid Driver's
License in good standing,.
3 years experience in utilization review / medical case, preferably
in workers' compensation area needed, and 3 to 5 years clinical
practice with experience in orthopedics, neurology, or occupational
medicine preferred.
Bi-lingual Spanish preferred.
Please apply online at:
ISYS, a California premier provider of medical management services in
the workers compensation field is seeking field-based Nurse Case
Managers (RN) in the Santa Barbara area. Approximate area of
coverage from Ventura/Oxnard to San Luis Obispo.
We are a family friendly business that continues to expand and
succeed by enabling our employees to create the lives they want.
An AA or Bachelor's Degree in Nursing required, but an advanced
degree and/or certification preferred. Current and valid RN licensure,
along with a current driver’s license is required.
Candidates will have 2 yrs. nursing and 2 yrs. workers compensation
related case management experience preferred.
CCM, CDMS, CRC, CRRN, COHN, CIRS certifications a plus.
Candidates will need to have excellent interpersonal skills and phone
demeanor. excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize, be
computer literate, and must be able to work independently. Computer
literate. Bilingual a plus.
Please apply on line under ’career’ or submit your
resume to:
Lorika Loumakis, BA, CHRM
Manager, Human Resource Management
ISYS Solutions, Inc.
Mark your calendar to attend the August 27 meeting …..
and don’t forget to RSVP by August 21
To RSVP by phone, call Kellie Kerr or Maryanne Sawoski at (818) 753-5106.
You can also mail your registration to:
Maryanne Sawoski, c/o RNS
Continuity Care Home Nurses
12722 Riverside Drive, Suite #108
North Hollywood, CA 91607
Do you want your newsletter via e-mail?
Change of address?
Suggestions for the newsletter?
Do you have a classified add? A job announcement?
E-mail RNS corresponding secretary Karen York:
Visit the RNS web-site at:
c/o Karen York
5429 Tyler Ave.
Temple City, CA 91780

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