Rehabilitation nursing and rehabilitation/restoration principles are more important to the healthcare system than ever before. The rehabilitation nursing specialty has measurable, functional outcome goals for patients, which rehabilitation nurses use in planning and evaluating the effectiveness of patient care.
Rehabilitation nurses have excellent functional assessment skills and take a comprehensive approach to care. They act as multi-system integrators and team leaders, working with physicians, therapists, and others to solve problems and promote patients’ maximal independence. Rehabilitation nurses are particularly skilled at working with others to adapt ongoing care to the resources available. Rehabilitation nurses act not only as caregivers but also as coordinators, collaborators, counselors, and case managers.
The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses’ Special Interest Groups have developed role descriptions to educate employers, patients, and others about the various roles of rehabilitation nurses, and the skills they bring to all settings across the continuum of care.
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The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses promotes and advances professional rehabilitation, nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration, and research to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability and chronic illness.
Rehabilitation nurses are registered nurses, licensed in the state where they practice. Some have master’s and doctoral degrees from one of several specialized programs across the country. A registered nurse with at least 2 years of practice in rehabilitation nursing can earn distinction as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) by successfully completing an examination that validates expertise.