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Rehabilitation Nursing Philosophy

Rehabilitation nursing and rehabilitation and restoration principles are more important to the health care 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 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.

For information on nursing careers and information specific to rehabilitation nursing, visit the American Nurses Association or the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses web sites.

©2007 by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. Used with permission.

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