About SCIN

The Academy Spinal Cord Injury Nurses section, formerly known as the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses, believes that spinal cord impairment and related disorders are multifaceted, catastrophic experiences for individuals that have implications for families, significant others and society as a whole.  SCI nursing, as an art and science, has a primary role in assisting individual with spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D), achieve and maintain an optimum level of physical and psychosocial well being.  Nurses who specialize in the care of the individual with SCI/D are skilled practitioners with current knowledge of the pathophysiological and psychosocial implications of SCI/D, and possess the expertise to deal with the impact of SCI/D on the individual, family and society.


  • Provide, promote, and enhance the care of individuals with SCI/D
  • Develop and promote education resources for professionals and individuals with SCI/DPublish educational materials for professionals and persons with SCI.
  • Encourage research and evidence based practice related to SCI/D
  • Serve as a resource to nursing and health care organizations, educational facilities and consumer groups.
SCIN Board of Directors

SCIN Board of Directors

President: Joan McMahon, MSA, BSN, CRRN
President-Elect: Becky Thayer, MSN, RN, CRRN
Past-President: Robin Bischoff, BSN, CRRN
Secretary/Treasurer: Nancy Lokey, RN
Board Members: Eric Connor, RN, Matthew Sorenson PHD, APN, ANPC, FAAN, Jeannette Elias, MBA, RN, Terree L Funesti, Nancy Lokey, Susan Newman

SCIN Resources

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet program –  to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs and related services: http://www.nursecredentialing.org/

American Nursing Foundation – is the national philanthropic organization that promotes the continued growth and development of nurses and services to advance the work of the nursing profession: http://www.anfonline.org/

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses: http://www.rehabnurse.org/
Brain Injury Association: http://www.biausa.org/
Brain Trauma Foundation: http://www.braintrauma.org/
DNP Resource for students: http://onlinednp.org/ultimate-resource-collection/
Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing: http://consultgerirn.org/resources
Institute for Healthcare Improvement: http://www.ihi.org/ihi
Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center: http://www.msktc.org/sci
MS Society: http://www.nationalmssociety.org
National Amputee Foundation: http://www.nationalamputeefoundation.org
Nurse Licensure Information: https://www.nursingschool411.com/license/ Sigma Theta Tau International  Honor Society of Nursing: http://www.nursingsociety.org/default.aspx
Spina Bifida Association: http://www.spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.evKRI7OXIoJ8H/b.8028963/k.BE67/Home.htm

National Institute of Nursing Research – supports clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life span-from management of patients during illness and recovery to the reduction of risks for disease and disability, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, promoting quality of life in those with chronic illness, and care for individuals at the end of life: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/

SCI Parenting: http://sciparenting.com/
SCI Rehabilitation Evidence: http://www.scireproject.com/
The Joint Commission: http://www.jointcommission.org/
UAB School of Medicine: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/sci/
United Spinal Association: http://www.unitedspinal.org/
University of Iowa – Evidence-Based Practice: http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/nursing/rqom/evidencebasedpractice/index.html
VA Office of Nursing Services: http://vaww.appc1.va.gov/NURSING/About_ONS.asps
VISN 8 Patient Safety Center: www.visn8.va.gov/patientsafetycenter/overview/default.asp