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Purpose and Mission

The idea behind rehabilitation nursing is to assist individuals with disabilities or chronic illness to reach and maintain their maximum functioning. A rehabilitation nurse works with clients in adapting to a new lifestyle, while providing a therapeutic environment for the long-term development of both the client and their family.

A rehab nurse designs and implements a variety of treatment strategies based on nursing best practices related to self-care and to promote physical, psychosocial, and emotional health. Rehab nurses work in both inpatient and outpatient settings and in acute or subacute rehabilitation facilities.

Reports To

Rehabilitation nurses are generally employed at hospitals or rehab clinics. They typically report to a nursing supervisor or other administrator. In some cases, rehab nursing staff may be directly supervised by the on-duty physicians.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervisory responsibilities vary greatly for rehab nurses. Senior rehab nurses may oversee less experienced nurses, and may also have a role in training and evaluation. Some rehab nurses eventually move up into management roles.

Qualifications

Rehabilitation nurses are required to be registered nurses (bachelor’s degree). RNs must also have a current Nursing Registration with the AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Agency) to work as a nurse.

Responsibilities of a Rehabilitation Nurse

The professional responsibilities of a rehab nurse typically include:

  • Having the specialized knowledge and clinical skills to provide care for people with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses
  • Coordinating educational activities and appropriate resources to develop and implement individualized teaching and discharge plans designed around clients and their families
  • Undertaking hands-on nursing care to achieve optimum outcomes for clients
  • Providing direction and supervision of junior nursing personnel, showing professional judgment, applying problem solving and time-management principles, and appropriate delegation
  • Coordinating nursing care activities in with other members of the rehabilitation team to help achieve overall goals
  • Taking a holistic approach to trying to meet the medical, vocational, educational, and environmental needs of patients
  • Using verbal and written communication skills to develop a rapport with clients, their families, and health team members
  • Being a resource and role model for other nursing staff and students, and participating nursing committees and professional organizations to promote the improvement of nursing care and the profession of rehabilitation nursing
  • Encouraging colleagues to become CRRN certified, obtain advanced degrees, participate on committees, and become members of professional organizations
  • Work to improve community education regarding people with disabilities
  • Applying nursing research in clinical practice and participating in nursing research studies

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