I think Rehab nursing is one of the few nursing jobs left that usually work 8 hour shifts, therefore each shift has some different responsibilities.
My typical shift starts with of course my assessment of my pts. Looking over the MARS, passing meds, hanging IV's admitting new pts, informing the Doc. Charting Charting Charting. Maybe starting a Bowel and Bladder program, lots of teaching, ie.... gait training, diabetic teaching, med s/e, safety issues.
My shift is over before I know it, and I do like having the same pt's for 4-6 weeks, as my teaching will carry over from shift to shift.
The down side is if you do occassionaly get a pain in the a-- pt you are kinda stuck with them for several weeks. And yes it is a very physcially demanding job, lots of lifting but all that stuff they teach about proper body mechanics really does work!
Its pretty cool to see a max assist cva come in and in 6 weeks of intense Rehab they leave wth high functioning ADL skills, the ability to be as independent as possible, and the best part is the majority of my pts are extremly thankful for their stay with us.
Does that answer some of your questions?