A Message from the RNS President
Dear RNS Members, Colleagues, and Friends,
Thank you for your hard work and dedication to rheumatology patients during this intense health crisis. The Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) is grateful for your continued support in the commitment to the development and education of healthcare professionals to benefit its members, patients, family, and the community. This mission is even more imperative than ever before to lead rheumatology healthcare professionals to excellence in the care of patients with rheumatic diseases. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has immensely changed the way we do things in 2020, as we all know too well. On April 21, 2020, the RNS Board of Directors voted unanimously to convert the 2020 13th Annual Rheumatology Nurses Society Conference to an online platform, hosting a completely virtual conference in August of 2020. It is for the safety and well being of all of our patients, nurses, advanced practice providers, supporters, partners, and friends that this difficult decision was made.
This is the “Year of the Nurse,” and the RNS is excited to present to you a reimagined conference experience that will be like no other. Nurses are the backbone of our culture, and the RNS is poised to celebrate and honor our nurses, who continue to be on the frontline of our healthcare system. It is important to us that we preserve many of the experiences, like networking opportunities, quality engagement, and the best in rheumatology education for both the nurse and the advanced practice provider, while providing new experiences, that will make this conference impactful, educational, and special for you. Detailed information will be announced soon through email, social media, and the RNS website.
The RNS remains steadfast to provide the resources that you need during this unique season. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
We invite you to our weekly RNS COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall held each Thursday from 6:30 PM EST until 7:30 PM EST on the RNS Facebook page. Please also visit the RNS COVID-19 Resources and Guidelines for additional information regarding rheumatology and COVID-19.
Thank you for being an essential cornerstone to this amazing society that has become like family. This is YOUR Rheumatology Nurses Society, and we are here for each other through this time.
Cathy Patty-Resk MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-PC
President, Rheumatology Nurses Society
We know that you may have questions about the decision to take the 2020 Annual Conference to a virtual format and what happens next. Our hope is that this resource of frequently asked questions (FAQ) will be able to provide answers to most of the questions you have. If not please fill out the form below to let us know how we can help. We will continue to post updates here as they become available.
Why will the 13th Annual Rheumatology Nurses Society Conference be virtual this year?
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has immensely changed the way we do things in 2020, as we all know too well. On April 21, 2020, the Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) Board of Directors voted unanimously to convert the 2020 13th Annual Rheumatology Nurses Society Conference to an online platform, hosting a completely virtual conference in August of 2020. It is for the safety and well being of all of our patients, nurses, advanced practice providers, supporters, partners, and friends that this difficult decision was made.
[UPDATE] What are the dates of the 13th Annual Rheumatology Nurses Society Conference?
We are pleased to announce that the virtual conference will be held on the original dates of Wednesday, August 5 to Saturday, August 8, 2020. We are still working on the agenda for those dates and will update as soon as we have it.
What happens to my registration?
If you registered for the live event, your registration will be refunded. Refunds will be made to the credit card originally used. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-380-7081 for alternative refund methods.
Are you refunding flight or travel costs?
We are unable to provide refunds for personally booked travel expenses. We apologize for any inconvenience and challenges this may cause you. In terms of air travel, many airlines are waiving change fees and daily updating their policies. Please work directly with your airline.
How can I cancel my hotel reservation?
All attendee and exhibitor reservations that were booked using the RNS reservation process will be canceled. If you booked outside the RNS room block please don’t contact the hotel, we will work on canceling these on your behalf.
What is the cost of registration now that it is virtual?
Registration costs have not been determined. Registration information will be available as soon as possible.
[UPDATE] What will the poster presentations now look like?
We are currently accepting Abstracts for our 2020 Annual Conference – Sign Up Today!
The RNS is in the process of reimagining an engaging experience for both the presenter and audience. We will provide more details as soon as they become available.
I registered as an Exhibitor and would like to know if there is going to be a virtual opportunity for me?
Yes, we are in the process of reimagining the exhibit experience and look forward to sharing an update with you soon.
In going virtual will my company logo and description be represented somewhere? Print piece etc.
All exhibitors and sponsors will be contacted with further information as soon as possible in regards to the upcoming opportunities the RNS will have to offer during our virtual conference. Please contact email@example.com if you have additional questions.
Will exhibitors be refunded for booth space or sponsorship?
All exhibitors and sponsors will be contacted with further information as soon as possible. We want to work through the various processes so this is done as efficiently as possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
Want to know more?
The 2020 13th Annual RNS Conference is an event you will not want to miss. As we transition to a virtual experience make sure you reserve your place on the couch to join us for this once in a lifetime experience! If you’ve had the opportunity to attend an RNS conference in the past, then you know this is an educational experience unlike any other. This year we are bringing the education and the fun to you.
Please send us any questions you may have or let us know that you are interested and we will follow up with you as soon as we can.