Rehabilitation nurses provide medical care and rehabilitation assistance to patients who are dealing with long-term injuries, disabilities and/or illnesses.
Because rehabilitation is a long and sometimes intensive process these nurses often form strong long-lasting relationships with the patients they help.
Rehabilitation nurses educate patients about their medical condition, develop short and long-term strategies and recovery goals to help patients recover safely and as quickly as possible, provide family members with advice on how to properly care for individuals in need of long-term recovery care, administer medications, monitor vital signs and track the patients recovery among a host of other rehabilitation focused procedures.
Rehabilitation nurses may work in various fields such as:
- Sports recovery
- Injury related recovery programs
- Disability assistance
- Illnesses prevention and recovery units
- Heart disease & cardiovascular disease rehabilitation
- Cancer treatment recovery
- Nurse education
- Nurse advocacy
- Nursing research
And a host of other careers related to rehabilitation care and education.
Because the rehabilitation process require rehabilitation nurses to be highly educated, well-trained and patient focused most employers who hire rehabilitation nurses require these nurses to have several years of experience as a registered nurse (RN) in the nursing rehabilitation field and in many cases may also require RN’s to have at least a BSN degree in nursing.
After working in nursing rehabilitation for an adequate amount of time registered nurses may then apply to take the certified rehabilitation registered nursing exam in order to earn their certification and begin their career as a certified rehabilitation nurse.
Upon earning certification registered nurses may then begin looking for a job as a certified rehabilitation nurse.
CNAs, LPNs and LVNs may also work in rehabilitation care, however their training and expertise often limit’s the type of care they can provide to patients in need of advanced rehabilitation care.
In terms of work atmosphere rehabilitation nurses may be found working in a variety of settings such as in nursing homes, patient home care, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, long-term heath care clinics and a host of other rehabilitation focused healthcare facilities.
Rehabilitation nursing is a constantly evolving field that continually offers nurses new ways to improve the care of their patients, so rehabilitation nurses must stay on top of current health care trends, new technology and evolving healthcare procedures if they want to provide the best care possible