Newswise — CHICAGO (November 27, 2019): The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Past-President Michele Cournan, awarded Jill Rye, DNP RN CRRN CNL FARN, the 2019 President’s Award. The award was presented at REACH 2019, ARN’s Annual Educational Conference, held November 6 - 9 in Columbus, OH.

Cournan said, “In Jill’s spare time she has given tirelessly to ARN, including actively participating on many committees, working on the development of the ARN Competency Model and leadership courses, writing for the 8th edition Core Curriculum, and teaching the Mini IMPACT Course! Having been a director on the ARN Board, Jill is on ARN’s Council of Leaders and as ARN’s current Lead Nurse Planner, she plays a primary role in ARN’s educational content and creation. Jill’s dedication to ARN and the specialty of rehabilitation nursing goes above and beyond.

I am confident that Jill will continue to help ARN ensure that rehabilitation nurses, in all settings, have the knowledge and expertise to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients and the rehabilitation nursing specialty.”

Rye is the Rehab Unit Supervisor at Avera McKennon Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.




Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)

ARN is a professional organization dedicated to promoting and advancing professional rehabilitation nursing practice through education, advocacy, certification, collaboration, and research to support rehabilitation nurses and enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability and chronic illness. For more information about ARN, please visit or call 800.229.7530.