Rehabilitation Nurse

Rehabilitative nurses work with patients who have chronic diseases or have suffered from injuries and traumas with the goal of helping them to achieve the highest possible level of independent functioning. In addition to assisting patients with their physical needs such as bathing walking dressing or eating they also keep accurate records of patients’ vital signs and medications. Throughout the recovery period they also counsel patients about appropriate diet and exercise routines. Much of what they do is intended to help patients feel empowered and motivated to participate in their own recovery. In some cases they work with patients who must learn to deal with prosthetic limbs or with the use of wheelchairs. Rehabilitation nurses work in hospitals rehabilitation centers long-term care facilities or for home health agencies. According to the website there are several paths that aspiring rehabilitation nurses can take to achieve their career goal. Ideally they earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university. However some earn an associate’s degree in nursing while others may enter a training program offered by a hospital. They must be licensed by the state in which they work by passing an examination. Finally after several years of clinical work with patients it will be to their advantage if they take and pass an examination to become a Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse (CRRN). Earnings for rehabilitative nurses depend on where they work as well as their years of experience and educational qualifications. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the average annual salary for those employed by hospitals is approximately $58000 but those who work in nursing care facilities or are employed by home health care agencies earn somewhat less.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $58000
High Salary: $61000
Low Salary: $55000
Tasks: Helps patients adapt to disabilities.
Assists individuals in learning skills lost due to injury or illness.
Encourages rehab patients to live productive lives.
Teaches patients how to live with their disabilities.
Also Called: Registered Nurse
Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse
Rehabilitation Specialist
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