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Rehabilitation Nurses Society
Rehabilitation Nurses Society

Our Mission

The Rehabilitation Nurses
Society is a membership
organization for medical care
coordination that provides
continuing education
and networking. The
professional goal of
its members is to advocate
for quality patient care
while utilizing community
resources in a
cost effective manner.
RNS ByLaws Update 9-30-2011
To make reservations for the RNS
December 4th meeting please
Merrilee De Bry
(714) 280-1816 - (Preferred)
(951) 237-8500 - Cell

Members -          $25.00  
Non-members - $35.00
Vegetarian meals
available with prior request

CEU’s: Approved for 2 hours
BRN provider #  01219
CCMC  pending approval
Please click on links below for revised RNS By-Laws, 2015-2017 RNS Board Nominees
and RNS member's ballot
RNS 2015-2017 Board Nominees & Ballot
RNS Tag Line Ballot
RNS Revised By-Laws 2014

May 24th RNS  Meeting & Luncheon
Topic: Suicide Assessment within Issues of TBI: A Case Approac
Speaker: Carolyn J. Ortega, Psy.D.
Location: 7732 E. Santiago Canyon Road Orange, CA  92869
Copyright 2018 Rehabilitation Nurses Society. All rights reserved.
Objectives of the Program
At the end of this presentation, the attendants will be able to:
1. Identify psychological and diagnostic risk factors associated with increasing
suicidal potential subsequent to a traumatic brain injury
2. Describe how to apply the suicidal risk assessment process through SAMHSA’s SAFE-T model
(Suicide Assessment and Five-Step Evaluation and Triage)
3. Recognize the relationship between prevention and appropriate treatment
to address suicide potential with traumatic brain injury cases
4. Describe the basic principles of a duty to warn and professional responsibility within mental health
and rehabilitation settings with suicidal ideation reported by patients
5. Analyze a team approach model as part of promoting patient safety with traumatic
brain injury and suicide risk prevention
To Register Contact
Registration Contact: Hanna van der Walt / (714) 595-3810
10459 La Ballena, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(no refunds for this event)
Members - $25.00
Non-members - $35.00
Vegetarian meal available upon prior request

Target Audience
RN, CCM, other allied health care professionals
Provider approved by the California BRN, Provider # CEP1219, for 2 contact hours
Approved by CCMC for 2 CCM CEs, # 180001613
RNS 2018
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Advocates for Quality Healthcare
11:30 - Registration & Networking
12:00 - Lunch & Networking
12:00 - Review the diagnostic factors and risk factors
12:30 - Application of SAFE-T
1:00 - Review duty to warn & professional responsibilities   
1:30 - Case ex. of a patient reporting suicidal ideation and step-by-step process
2:00 - Team approach in promoting safety and Q&A  
We are delighted that Dr. Carolyn Ortega will be joining us again in May and discuss a very important, yet often ill-
prepared topic when working with people with brain injury—suicide. Dr. Ortega is a bilingual licensed psychologist
and has been working closely with people who suffered TBI. Studies have published that people with TBI are three
times likely to commit suicide. While we may be aware this information, we often lack the tools to know how to assess
or what to do when a suicide attempt occurs during the person’s rehabilitation phase. Please join us on May 24th
when Dr. Ortega will educate us on how to identify risk factors of suicidal potential and ideation with this population.
She will explain how to utilize research-based assessment tools and treatment of patients with suicidal behaviors.
More importantly, by sharing real case incidents, she will outline our responsibilities and actions necessary from a
mental health and rehabilitation perspective and how to build a team approach to promoting patient safety.