Rehab Nursing at Mary Free Bed
Rehabilitation nurses help individuals affected by chronic illness or physical disability adapt to their disabilities, achieve their greatest potential and work toward productive, independent lives. They take a holistic approach to meeting patients’ medical, vocational, educational, environmental and spiritual needs.
Rehabilitation nurses begin working with individuals and their families soon after the onset of a disabling injury or chronic illness. They continue providing support through patient and family education and empower these individuals when they go home or return to work or school.
Rehabilitation nurses often teach patients and their caregivers how to access systems and resources. Rehabilitation nursing is a philosophy of care, not a work setting or a phase of treatment.
Rehabilitation nurses base their practice on rehabilitative and restorative principles by:
• Managing complex medical issues
• Collaborating with other specialists
• Providing ongoing patient and caregiver education
• Setting goals for maximum independence
• Establishing plans of care to maintain optimal wellness
Rehabilitation nurses fill many roles across the continuum of care:
• Admissions liaison
• Case manager
• Clinical nurse specialist
• Staff nurse
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 two years of practice in rehabilitation nursing can earn distinction as a certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN) by successfully completing an examination that validates expertise.
© 2007 by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. Reprinted with permission.
Rehabilitation Nursing Philosophy
Rehabilitation nursing and rehabilitation and 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 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 websites.
©2007 by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. Used with permission.
Nursing Benefits at Mary Free Bed
One of the most attractive aspects of working at Mary Free Bed is our commitment to staff development and quality care, in addition to our positive and supportive work environment.
At Mary Free Bed, you can expect the following:
• Extensive in-service presentations
• Treatment observation and coaching and mentoring
• Workshops with world-renowned guest lecturers
• Funding for continuing education
• Opportunities for professional advancement
• State-of-the-art treatment setting and equipment
• On-site Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
In addition to the many personal and professional advantages of working at Mary Free Bed, nurses benefit from:
• Highly competitive salaries
• Outstanding shift differentials
• Generous benefits package
• Flexible scheduling options
• Rewards program
• Staff recognition program
Therapy Careers at Mary Free Bed
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s patients are served by highly skilled therapists, including:
• Physical therapists
• Physical therapist assistants
• Occupational therapists
• Certified occupational therapist assistant
• Speech-language pathologists
• Therapeutic recreational specialists
• Social workers