Rehabilitation Nursing

Rehabilitation Nursing is a specialty practice area within the domain of professional nursing. Rehabilitation nursing involves the diagnosis and treatment of individuals and groups related to altered functional ability and lifestyle. Rehabilitation nursing includes teaching that functional outcomes can be affected and that actions do make a difference.

Rehabilitation Nurses teach patients, families and caregivers about:

  • Rehabilitation diagnoses, course of treatment, plan of care and expected outcomes
  • Bladder and bowel management
  • Skin care management including body positions, wound care and prevention of breakdown
  • Medications
  • Pain management
  • Reinforcement of self-care and mobility skills
  • Cardiovascular, autonomic and pulmonary management
  • Energy conservation
  • Intimacy and sexuality
  • Nutrition
  • Lifestyle adaptations
  • Primary prevention and adoption of health and wellness
  • Aftercare, community resources, durable medical equipment and emergency procedures.

The goal of rehabilitation is to assist the individual who has a disability or chronic illness in restoring, maintaining and promoting maximal health.

Adapted from the Standards and Scope of Rehabilitation Nursing Practice, 2008.

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