Rehab nursing is very dynamic. With some ingenuity, you can spin your rehab experience into a well designed resume to show you are more than qualified to be a tele nurse.
By the way, I’ve never heard of rehab nursing being at the bottom of the barrel. Rehab nurses literally get patients from every service that are still very sick. Rehab nurses have to know how to care for burns, traumas, cardiology PT’s, etc. The unit is usually very heavy, and during the day the work doesn’t stop until you leave. Nurses have to plan their interventions in conjunction with ST, PT, OT, SW, and the different services that are following the Pt. Analgesics have to be given like clockwork so Pt’s can get the most out of therapy and be able to tolerate wound care. The Pt’s are often depressed, in a lot of pain, and require a lot of empowerment and patience. Rehab nurses rock.