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RNS Newsletter

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 Date: August 27, 2009 Cost: members - $25.00

900 Via San Clemente Registration: 11:30 – 12:00 pm non-member - $35.00

Montebello, CA Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm CEU’s: approved for 2 hours

323-724-9284 Presentation: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 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 Cell (818) 730-8490

Number of members _____ at $25.00

Number of non-members: _____ at $35.00

Name: ___________________________________

Address: ___________________________________


City: ___________________________________

State: _________ ZIP: ____________________

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

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 program?

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 www.rns-ca.org 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

President’s Message

2009 Board of Directors


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 offices

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:


Renae Paulson President(818) 240-1234, ex. 2601 [email protected]

Rita Pathmanaban Vice President

(714) 336-3212

[email protected] York Corresponding Secretary/ (newsletter and web-site) (818) 240-1234, ext. 2043

[email protected]

Maryanne Sawoski

Treasurer(818) 753-5106

Cell (818) 730-8490

[email protected]

Nancy PersonRecording Secretary (818) 240-1234, ext. 2669

[email protected]

Diana Campos-Toretzky

Member at Large (membership)

(818) 894-7879

[email protected]

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 www.isyscm.com under  ’career’ orsubmit your resume to:

Lorika Loumakis, BA, CHRM Manager, Human Resource Management ISYS Solutions, Inc.

[email protected]


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: [email protected]

Visit the web-site at:


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: [email protected]

Visit the RNS web-site at:


RNS c/o Karen York 5429 Tyler Ave. Temple City, CA 91780