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.
Participants have the potential for receiving a maximum of 1.5 continuing nursing contact hours (0.5 pharmacotherapeutic contact hours).
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. You will have the ability to network with other like‑minded professionals as well as earn 1.5 CNE contact hours during our accredited educational activity.
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:
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.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Greenville, NC 27858
Charlotte, NC 28202
Charleston, SC 29401
Columbia, SC 29201
Florence, SC 29501
Orlando, FL 32828
Macon, GA 31201
Savannah, GA 31401
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Tucson, AZ 85718
Reno, NV 89501
Las Vegas, NV, 89169
Henderson, NV 89052
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Anchorage, AK 99501
Tulsa, OK 74137
Boise, ID 83702
Pocatello, ID 83201
Nampa, ID 83651
Atlanta, GA 30305
Washington, DC 20004
Portland, ME 04101
Bangor, ME 04401