The CDC defines a brain injury as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Thousands of Nebraskans look to the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska for help.

Awareness and education are central to advocating for individuals and families impacted by brain injury-related disabilities and challenges, as well as training the healthcare professionals who work with them. For this reason, the annual Nebraska Brain Injury Conference will be March 26-27 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, according to the press release.

An exceptional group of speakers will discuss current topics regarding brain injury for health professionals and persons with brain injury.

The conference sessions will be of interest to nurses, reha­bilitation professionals, case managers, neuropsychologists, counselors, mental health professionals, physical and speech therapists, special education teachers, educators and others, as well as individuals with brain injuries and their families.

This two-day conference presented by the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska, provides 10 contact hours for healthcare professionals. The nursing contact hours are generally acceptable for many health disciplines.

The early bird registration deadline for professionals ($200) and those with brain injury or family members ($75) is Feb. 15. The early bird registration deadline is Feb. 14 (prices raise after that date). To register, go to biane.org/conference. For more information on the conference, call 402-304-8103, contact cindy@biane.org.

This conference is sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals, QLI, Bryan Health, Nebraska Total Care and Medica Foundation.

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