ARN Creates Barbara Lutz Stroke Rehabilitation Grant

11/20 – Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) has announced the creation of The Barbara Lutz Stroke Rehabilitation Grant, developed to honor the 2019-2020 ARN President, Barbara J. Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN PHNA-BC, FAHA, FAAN, and provide funding to pursue stroke research and educational opportunities for rehabilitation nurses.

Dr. Lutz is the McNeill Distinguished Professor in the School of Nursing. Certified as a rehabilitation nurse and an advanced public health nurse, Lutz received her BSN from the University of Iowa, her MS in community health from Northern Illinois University, and MSN and Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lutz has more than 30 years of experience as a public health, home health, and rehabilitation nurse. 

From the ARN: “For her first research proposal, Dr. Lutz received a Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation (RNF) grant regarding her work on community-based interventions for persons with stroke. That grant was her entry into ARN. She has been a member of ARN since 1998 and has dedicated her career to stroke and chronic illness rehabilitation research.

Dr. Lutz’s passion for education and research has led her to serve on several national organizations. In addition to ARN, she is immediate past-chair of the Stroke Nursing Committee and current member of the Nursing and Rehab Professionals and Stroke Manuscript Oversight Review committees of the American Heart Association. She also was recently awarded the 'Stroke Article of the Year Award' at the American Heart Association International Stroke Conference for her work on Improving Stroke Caregiver Readiness for Transition from Inpatient Rehabilitation to Home, published in The Gerontologist.

Dr. Lutz continues to research interventions to assist persons with chronic disabling conditions, such as stroke and their family caregivers as they transition home from inpatient rehabilitation. 

Tax-deductible donations are now being accepted and will be applied to an initial research grant, which is expected to be awarded in 2022." 

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) was formed by Susan Novak in 1974 with support from Lutheran General Hospital, in Park Ridge, Illinois, at a time when rehabilitation nursing became recognized as a nursing specialty. By 1976, ARN was formally recognized as a specialty nursing organization by the American Nurses Association (ANA). As the needs for these specialty nurses grew, ARN developed the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) certification in 1984, and has turned over administration of the certification to the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB), an autonomous component of ARN. The CRRN program is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties.