Austin Convention Wrap-up 2019

The 2019 ARIN convention has come and gone, with members already looking ahead to 2020 in Seattle. In case you missed it in the busy news cycle, we have listed the top ten highlights on the convention this year. The convention wrap-up is offered to keep you up on the latest ARIN happenings.

1. Education:

The education was phenomenal this year, with over 3.5 days of topics offered. This is in addition to the imaging review course and opportunities to attend SIR sessions. An annual favorite is the Hot Topics presentation and the opportunity to sit for the CRN exam.

2. AVIR/ARIN Joint Day:

Networking opportunities team building opportunities abounded. Members were able to reconnect with old friends while building bridges with new ones. This occurred during lectures and industry education events for members such as the Guerbet Lipiodol lecture or the Medtronic Capnography lunch and learn sessions.  

3.  Exhibit Hall:

The Vendor Hall contained the latest information for member’s access. A quick walk across the skyway to the convention center, vendors were available to answer all your questions and share products new to your interventional area.

4.  Annual Business Meeting:

The annual business meeting updated members on state of the organization in addition to installing the new board. As shared by new president Chris Keough, what a bright future it is for us. ARIN is growing with 2045 members, 66 members outside the US, and 1200 CRN members. 

The new Board of Directors was sworn in.
The 2019 ARIN Board is President Chris Keogh, BSN, RN, CRN;
President-elect Sarah Wilson, BSN, RN, CRN;
Immediate Past President, Cheryl Jaglowski-Ho, BSN, RN, CRN;
Secretary Cathy Brown, BScN, RN, CRN;
Treasurer Amanda White, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC;
Director of Leadership, Donna Margiotta, BSN, RN, CRN;
Director of Membership, Sylvia Miller, MSN, RN  and
Director of Education, Kristina Hoerl, MSN, RN, CRN.

Board contact information as well as past business meetings can be found on the ARIN website. The website is an informative stop for all things ARIN.

5.  Austin:

Austin was a great city for the annual convention. We were surrounded by friendly people, excellent food and wonderful music. The city offered a variety of sights including the Heritage Society of Austin, Texas Historical Foundation, Museum of the Weird and the famous South Congress Avenue Bridge Bats.

6. Joanna Po Lecture:

This year heralded the sixth Joanna Po lecture. The topic for this year was “Advancing Radiology and Nursing through Global Health Outreach”. Presented by Patricia DuCharme, MSN, RN, ANP-BC; Sarah Wilson, BSN, RN, CRN and Carrie Furberg, BSN, BA, RN, CRN, the impact of RAD-AID outreach was shared. It was an enlightening and emotional presentation as they shared the effect of radiology services in areas that did not have them prior.

7. Presidents Reception:

The reception for the members was held in the “The Reverbery”. It was a great time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. The food and venue were topnotch. The President’s reception is always a great way to relax after a busy opening lecture filled day.

8. SIR-ARIN Joint Presentation:

A highlight of the conference was the third annual SIR-ARIN Joint lecture on “Thrombotic and Bleeding risks for the IR Team”. Presented by Piera M. Cote Robson, MSN, CNS, NP; Jon Davidson, MD: Indravadan J. Patel, MD Divya Sridhar, MD and Ryan M. Hickey, MD The group shared current trends in anticoagulation screening for IR procedures. The upcoming release of the new SIR anticoagulation guidelines was mentioned. The lecture was very informative and stimulated much discussion by attendees.

9. Medlantis:

Julia Greig and Andrew Witchell from Medlantis presented at the annual business meeting. Medlantis, one of our partners, assists in delivering education to ARIN members. ARIN members can find out more about educational activities and the Search and Learn Aplication at

10.  Imaging Review Course Review:

One of the advantages of convention is the ability to attend the Imaging review Course and set for the CRN exam at the end. Taught by the ARIN Master Faculty, the course was well attended this year.

Finally, details were shared in the meeting on the return of the Fall conference. Save the date on your cellphone, September 28-29, 2019 in Columbus Ohio. An Imaging Review Course will precede the event. It promises to be a fun filled event.   

John Shrewsbury BSN, RN
Greg Laukhuf ND, RN, NE-BC, CRN, RN-BC

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