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Name: Rehabilitation Nurse
Description: The rehabilitation nurse cares for individuals who are experiencing temporary, progressive, or permanent illness or disabilities that are extensive enough to alter their normal functioning and interrupt their lifestyle.
Practice setting: Inpatient, outpatient, business and industry
Client age group: Infancy to elderly
Diagnoses: CVAs, head/spinal trauma, diabetes, orthopaedic problems
Practice roles: Clinical-staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist nurse case manager
Management — nurse manager, supervisor, coordinator
Administration — director, executive
Nurse educator
Research nurse
Characteristics: Long-term patient and colleague relationships, autonomy, independence, making a difference
Challenges: Paperwork, patient grief, difficult patient contacts, bureaucracy and financial constraints, heavy workload
Desirable skills: Medical/surgical skills, patience, flexibility, physical fitness, collaboration and teamwork, patient and family education, innovative thinking
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers: Hospitals (including specialty hospitals), long-term care facilities, free-standing facilities
Certification:
Rehabilitation Nurses Certification Board
(800) 229-7530
(847) 375-4710
e-mail: cert@rehabnurse.org
Organizations:
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
4700 W. Lake Ave.,
Glenview, IL 60025-1485
(800) 229-7530
(847) 375-4710
e-mail: info@rehabnurse.org