2019 Dinner Series

Make Rheum

Join us for a complimentary dinner at a city near you and discover why the field of rheumatology might be the right fit for you.

Dinner is on us

Enjoy a complimentary dinner while we explore the opportunities available in the field of rheumatology.

Accredited Education

Participants have the potential for receiving a maximum of 1.5 continuing nursing contact hours (0.5 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours).

Networking Opportunity

Learn and network with fellow students and rheumatology healthcare professionals looking to expand their knowledge within the field of rheumatology

Dinner Series Faculty

Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC

Linda Grinnell-Merrick currently resides in New York where she works as a nurse practitioner in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She studied at the University of Rochester and has been practicing rheumatology since 2012. Linda chartered the International Transplant Nurses Society of Upstate New York in 2004, served on the medical advisory board, is a speaker for the National Liver Foundation of Upstate New York, and a current board member of Kidney Cares—a local organization providing services to patients with renal diseases. She firmly believes in establishing long term relationships with her patients in order to provide chronic care.

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

Cathy Patty-Resk currently resides in Michigan where she works as a rheumatologist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She studied nursing at Wayne State University and has been practicing rheumatology since 2009. Cathy is recognized as a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, pediatric at-large-member and active member of the legislative advocacy team of the RNS. She has served as the co-editor of and a contributor to the Core Curriculum for Rheumatology Nursing and has partnered with the American Nurses Credentialing Center to launch the certification by portfolio for rheumatology nurses. She continually seeks opportunities to bring awareness of the need for pediatric pharmaceutical clinical trials and health care system barriers that negatively impact the health of children with autoimmune diseases.

Amanda Mixon, PA-C

Amanda Mixon currently resides in Colorado where she works as a rheumatologist at Arthritis and Rheumatology Clinic of Northern Colorado. She studied Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science at Michigan State University, accomplished PA studies at the University of New England, and has been practicing rheumatology since 2007. Amanda has taught medical students at MSU, educated the public in regards to various autoimmune and arthritis-related topics, and volunteered to provide rheumatology care to the underprivileged. She firmly believes in treating each patient with compassion and empathy as if they are a member of her family while offering the most current and up-to-date practices.

Eileen J. Lydon, MA, RN, ANP-BC

Eileen Lydon currently resides in New York where she works as a Nurse Practitioner in the rheumatology department at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. She studied nursing at Molloy College, joined the Adult PA program for her MA at New York University, and has been practicing rheumatology since 2003. Eileen is the the chapter chair on the board of RNS and the founding and current President of the Tri-state Metropolitan RNS chapter. She firmly believes that seeing nurses and other rheumatology healthcare professionals in community with one another can change the world of rheumatology.

Carolyn Zic, BSN, RN, CPN

Carolyn Zic currently resides in New Lenox, Illinois where she works as a Pediatric Rheumatology Nurse at Comer Children’s Hospital in the University of Chicago Medicine. She studied nursing at Madonna University and has been practicing pediatric rheumatology since 2011. In 2018, Carolyn was recognized as the Chicago area Arthritis Foundation Medical Honoree for her excellence and compassionate care to patients and their families. She firmly believes in patient advocacy and treasures the bond that she has created with her patients over the years.

Rheum for You: Exploring Rheumatology as a Practice Specialty

The RNS, a society for registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice providers (APPs)—which includes nurse practitioners and physician assistants—invites you to the 2019 Live Dinner Series titled Rheum for You: Exploring Rheumatology as a Practice Specialty.

One of the priorities for RNS is focusing on solutions to current and future workforce issues in rheumatology. As you may know, there is a shortage of practicing rheumatologists in the United States that is expected to worsen in the coming years. One proposed solution has been to develop ways to attract other types of providers into rheumatology. The RNS would like to introduce you to the opportunities available for you the provider, as well as the patient. A career in rheumatology allows you the chance to exercise problem-solving strategies and tactics learned in school, all while working closely with your patients and their families to advance their physical improvements and overall mental health.

Find a location near you and join us for a complimentary dinner alongside fellow students and rheumatology healthcare professionals. Expand your knowledge and learn about opportunities within the field of rheumatology as well as earn 1.5 CNE contact hours during our accredited educational activity.

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Participants have the potential for receiving a maximum of 1.5 continuing nursing contact hours (0.5 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours). Rheumatology Nurses Society is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (Provider No. P0500).

This educational initiative will focus on the following objectives:

  1. Analyze the current and impending shortage of rheumatology providers
  2. Identify methods that have been proposed to increase the number of advanced practice providers entering the specialty of rheumatology
  3. Review the role that advanced practice providers have in prescribing biologic therapy for patients with rheumatic disease
  4. Assess the overarching value that advanced practice providers bring to the field of rheumatology diseases
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This activity has been supported by unrestricted educational grants from Pfizer, AbbVie, Lilly, and Celgene.

Coming to a city near you!

Join us in any of the cities below for a complimentary dinner, an accredited educational presentation, and networking opportunity for anyone interested in the rheumatology healthcare profession.

Tuesday, July 23rd
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Macon, GA
Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC
Dovetail
543 Cherry Street, Suite B
Macon, GA 31201
(478) 238-4693
Wednesday, July 24th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Savannah, GA
Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC
Ruth's Chris Steak House Historic Savannah
111 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 721-4800
Thursday, August 22nd
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Phoenix, AZ
Amanda Mixon, PA-C
Ruth's Chris Steak House
7001 N Scottsdale Rd, Ste 290
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480)991-5988
Friday, August 23rd
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Flagstaff, AZ
Eileen J. Lydon, MA, RN, ANP-BC
Josephine's Modern American Bistro
503 N Humphreys
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 779-3400
Friday, August 23rd
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Tuscon, AZ
Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-BC
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
6360 N Campbell Ave, Suite 180
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 529-5017
Tuesday, August 27th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Reno, NV
Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-BC
Ruth's Chris Steak House
407 N Virginia St
Reno, NV 89501
(775) 325-7573
Wednesday, August 28th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Las Vegas, NV
Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse Las Vegas
360 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV, 89169
Thursday, August 29th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Henderson, NV
Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-BC
Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca
2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 617-7075
Friday, September 6th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Cheyenne, WY
Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC
Poor Richard's Restaurant
2233 E Lincolnway
Cheyenne, WY 82001
(307) 635-5114
Monday, September 23rd
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Anchorage, AK
Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC
ORSO
737 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 222-3232
Wednesday, October 2nd
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Tulsa, OK
Carolyn Zic, RN, BSN, CPN
Ruth's Chris Steak House
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK 74137
(918) 995-8600
Wednesday, October 9th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Boise, ID
Amanda Mixon, PA-C
Ruth's Chris Steak House
800 West Main Street, Suite 110
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 426-8000
Thursday, October 10th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Pocatello, ID
Amanda Mixon, PA-C
Pocatello Sandpiper
1400 Bench Road
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 223-1000
Friday, October 11th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Nampa, ID
Amanda Mixon, PA-C
Brick 29 Bistro
320 11th Ave S #300
Nampa, ID 83651
Tuesday, October 15th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Atlanta, GA
Eileen J. Lydon, MA, RN, ANP-BC
Ruth's Chris Steak House at the Embassy Suites
3825 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 365-0660
Wednesday, October 16th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Washington, DC
Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-BC
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4668
Monday, October 28th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Portland, ME
Amanda Mixon, PA-C
Five Fifty-Five
555 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 761-0555
Tuesday, October 29th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Bangor, ME
Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC
The Tarratine
81 Park St
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 992-4090
Thursday, April 11th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Oklahoma City, OK
Carolyn Zic, RN, BSN, CPN
Red PrimeSteak
504 N Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 232-2626
Monday, May 6th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Greenville, NC
Carolyn Zic, RN, BSN, CPN
Plum Tree Bistro
173 Patrick's Way
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 353-0088
Tuesday, May 7th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Charlotte, NC
Carolyn Zic, RN, BSN, CPN
Ruth's Chris Steak House Uptown
222 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 338-9444
Wednesday, May 8th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Charleston, SC
Eileen J. Lydon, MA, RN, ANP-BC
Ruth's Chris Steak House Charleston
55 South Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 793-4224
Thursday, May 9th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Columbia, SC
Eileen J. Lydon, MA, RN, ANP-BC
Ruth's Chris Steak House at Hilton Columbia Center
924-A Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 212-6666
Friday, May 10th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Florence, SC
Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-BC
Victors Steaks Wine Seafood
126 W Evans St
Florence, SC 29501
(843) 665-0846
Thursday, July 11th
Registration: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Orlando, FL
Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-BC
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants
529 North Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828
(407) 374-2464