What does a Rehab Nurse do?

  1. What does a Rehab Nurse do? Where do they work. What qualifications do you need to be one?
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  3. by   ap05
    I work in acute rehab. This is my first job and I would have NEVER guessed I'd work in this type of nursing. My patients range in acuity but are usually stable. They often have significant medical issues like extensive wounds, infections, uncontrolled diabetes, and many comorbidities. I like a less acute setting and I am more interested in improving my patient's lives. That's what rehab nurses do...help our patients live better lives and get better. I love to watch my patients improve. I love that my patients actually want to be there. Families are often extremely supportive and I love that I build relationships with my patients and their families. In rehab we're concerned with how functional a person is. There is a lot of focus on adls, bowel and bladder, and skin integrity. There are no specific qualifications but there is a certification exam for rehab nurses.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Alto22
    What does a Rehab Nurse do? Where do they work. What qualifications do you need to be one?
    Read the following piece that I wrote several years ago, if you have the time. It should answer most or all of your questions about rehab nurses.

    Rehabilitation Nursing: A Specialty In Its Own Right

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