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RNS Wake Up! Brunch Series

Wake Up with the RNS!

The Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) is bringing a new FREE live, interactive, half-day educational brunch series to 15 cities across the United States. With a blend of accredited education, dedicated networking opportunities, and brunch, the RNS Wake Up! series is designed to foster skill-building and empower attendees with practical tools and strategies to inspire positive change and elevate the standard of care in rheumatology nursing across the nation.

Wake Up!

RNS Wake Up! Series Sessions

Each half-day event emphasizes the intersection of clinical expertise, patient advocacy, and practice culture, promising comprehensive insights and actionable strategies through two sessions essential to rheumatology professionals navigating the evolving healthcare landscape.

Click below to view each session's details:

  • Session 1: Context is Key
  • Session 2: Empowering RNs and APPs

Context is Key: Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Better Outcomes

Our NEW Context is Key session explores the intricate interplay between socio-economic factors and health outcomes, equipping attendees with tools and insights needed to better serve patients in diverse communities and develop practice cultures that value and embrace health equity.

Program & Accreditation Details

Empowering RNs and APPs for Success in the Rheumatology Workforce

A dedicated session offering a platform to dissect challenges, share best practices, and foster collaboration, including an overview of the current workforce environment for RNs and APPs in rheumatology across the US to better understand trends shaping the landscape.


Biosimilar Dinner Series Faculty
Jacqueline Fritz, MSN, RN-BC

Jacqueline Fritz, MSN, RN‑BC

Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner
AO Med

Kamrin Macki, RN, BSN, MS, NP-C

Kamrin Macki, RN, BSN, MS, NP‑C

Gastroenterology/Hepatology Nurse Practitioner
Altru Health Systems

Karen McKerihan, MSN, NP-C

Karen McKerihan, MSN, NP‑C

Director of Infusion Services
Articularis Healthcare

Activity Description:

With a new wave of biosimilars poised to hit the marketplace in 2023, it is crucial for providers to stay up-to-date on key concepts related to biosimilars such as drug interchangeability, substitution, and the nocebo effect. This educational dinner activity will provide attendees with a solid understanding of the vocabulary of biosimilars, the biosimilar approval process, and the clinical evidence supporting biosimilar use. Attendees will also have a chance to hear from faculty experts on ways to address common and/or confusing patient questions about biosimilars so they will feel more confident in their ability to handle these hard questions on a day-to-day basis.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your knowledge and connect with colleagues in your field. Register today for dinner in a city near you!

Attendees will have the opportunity to receive 1.5 nursing contact hours for their attendance.

The Rheumatology Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (Provider No. P0500).

Participants will receive 1.5 hours of continuing nursing contact hours by participating in the educational program and completing an online evaluation.

ANCC Accredited

Find A Program Near You!

The Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) is bringing a new FREE, live, interactive, half-day educational brunch series to 15 cities across the United States. Join us in a city near you!

Baton Rouge, Louisiana  /  Phoenix, Arizona  /  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  /  Milwaukee, Wisconsin  /  Dallas, Texas  /  Anchorage, Alaska  /  Detroit, Michigan  /  Denver, Colorado  /  Columbus, Ohio  /  Los Angeles, California  /  Kansas City, Missouri  /  San Antonio, Texas  /  Mobile, Alabama  /  New York City, New York  /  Indianapolis, Indiana

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, LA

Saturday, June 29
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CT)

Venue TBD

Joni Fontenot, ASN, RN

Faculty:
Joni Fontenot, ASN, RN

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Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, August 3
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MT)

Venue TBD

Gwen Robinson, RN

Faculty:
Gwen Robinson, RN

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK

Saturday, August 17
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MT)

Venue TBD

Carolyn Zic, MSN, FNP-BC

Faculty:
Carolyn Zic, MSN, FNP‑BC

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

Saturday, August 17
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CT)

Venue TBD

Nick Manwaring, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Faculty:
Nick Manwaring, MSN, APRN, FNP‑C

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Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX

Saturday, August 31
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CT)

Venue TBD

Sadie Larson

Faculty:
Sadie Larson

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Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, AK

Saturday, September 7
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (AKT)

Venue TBD

Nick Manwaring, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Faculty:
Nick Manwaring, MSN, APRN, FNP‑C

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Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI

Saturday, September 14
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)

Venue TBD

Carolyn Zic, MSN, FNP-BC

Faculty:
Carolyn Zic, MSN, FNP‑BC

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Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO

Saturday, September 14
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MT)

Venue TBD

Teri Puhalsky, BSN, RN, CRNI

Faculty:
Teri Puhalsky, BSN, RN, CRNI

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Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, OH

Saturday, September 21
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)

Venue TBD

Carrie Beach, BSN, RN

Faculty:
Carrie Beach, BSN, RN

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Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, September 21
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PT)

Venue TBD

Nick Manwaring, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Faculty:
Nick Manwaring, MSN, APRN, FNP‑C

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Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, MO

Saturday, October 12
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CT)

Venue TBD

Teri Puhalsky, BSN, RN, CRNI

Faculty:
Teri Puhalsky, BSN, RN, CRNI

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The RNS is coming to San Antonio, Texas!

San Antonio, TX

Saturday, October 12
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CT)

Venue TBD

Gwen Robinson, RN

Faculty:
Gwen Robinson, RN

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The RNS is coming to Mobile, Alabama!

Mobile, AL

Saturday, October 26
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (CT)

Venue TBD

Barbara Kienzle, BSN, RN

Faculty:
Barbara Kienzle, BSN, RN

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The RNS is coming to New York City, New York!

New York City, NY

Saturday, October 26
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)

Venue TBD

Teri Puhalsky, BSN, RN, CRNI

Faculty:
Teri Puhalsky, BSN, RN, CRNI

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The RNS is coming to Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, November 2
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET)

Venue TBD

Carrie Beach, BSN, RN

Faculty:
Carrie Beach, BSN, RN

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Culinary Dropout - Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO

Thursday, July 13
6:50 PM - 8:30 PM (MT)

Culinary Dropout
4141 E. 9th Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

Kamrin Macki, RN, BSN, MS, NP-C

Faculty:
Kamrin Macki, RN, BSN, MS, NP‑C

Thank you! This event is now closed.

ORSO - Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, AK

Wednesday, September 20
6:50 PM - 8:30 PM (AKT)

ORSO
737 W 5th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Karen McKerihan MSN, NP-C

Faculty:
Karen McKerihan MSN, NP-C

Thank you! This event is now closed.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Thursday, October 12
6:50 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)

39 Rue de Jean (Upstairs)
39 John St
Charleston, SC 29403

Karen McKerihan MSN, NP-C

Faculty:
Karen McKerihan MSN, NP-C

Thank you! This event is now closed.

Mason Street Grill - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

Thursday, November 2
6:50 PM - 8:30 PM (CT)

Mason Street Grill
425 East Mason Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Kamrin Macki, RN, BSN, MS, NP-C

Faculty:
Kamrin Macki, RN, BSN, MS, NP‑C

Thank you! This event is now closed.