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I AM LOOKING FOR INFO TO SHARE W/ NURSING STUDENTS ON THE ROLE OF THE REHAB NURSE INCLUDING EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND/EXPERIENCE NEEDED TO WORK IN REHAB, EMPLOYMENT SETTINGS AS WELL AS ANECDOTES FROM... Read More
Apr 16, '04Thanks Minnib - So far I've really enjoyed rehab nursing as a nursing student. I'm curious how it would feel though as a full time employee.
Did you say 24 patients? Most of the nurses at our facility do not have more than 7 (though I've seen the nurse/patient ratio up as high as 9 or 10). That's definitely right about the body mechanics. (So does that mean that the RN has 12 patients and you have 12 patients? with one aide....)
How do you get all your charting done for 24 patients. Is it done by flowsheet? Or perhaps since you work nights, the LPNs and RNs have more time to chart?
Apr 16, '04Hi MomandNurse,
yes 24 pts at the most but not everyone needs a full assessment and the 2 nurses split the assignment but help each other if needed when census is low the aide or LPN will be pulled. This is long term rehab so our pts are stable and yes they are stable!, you may have an occasional code. We use FIM charting(pain in the butt at times) but not bad mostly and yes we use flow sheets. We have long stretches of really quiet times and other times we have some busy nights where lots of pts want pain meds and ^ to the BR but it is never crazy where you are pulling your hair out and cursing your coworkers! The docs are even mostly laid back and it is over all a positive environment. Some nurses have left because they wanted more excitement. so no; you won't get much excitement in here unless you think that the the young woman who has MS that could hardly take any steps for over 2 yrs has just walked 40 feet down the hallway is exciting I DO!!! and I almost cried when she told me her accomplisments for the day! But anyway thats the great thing about nursing, their is room for all of us and our personalities. Take care.
"I'd rather have 15 minutes of something wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special"
Apr 17, '04Thanks Minnib - Yes - I have enjoyed rehab nursing. I'm not much for excitement and the 3 doctors onsite at our rehab hospital are very laid back. I feel comfortable talking to them. Yes, the nurses help each other out too at our rehab facility. The average length of stay at our facility is about 3 weeks.
I know what you mean about excitement. I get excited when I see a person who came in and could hardly move, pushing herself down the hallway. My last day of practicum. Monday and I am really going to miss the place. I will probably end up back there when I graduate. THe nurses have been fantastic.
Thanks for your reply