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Rehabilitation Nurses

Registered Nurses with advanced certification in life support provide care in this unit at all times. Many of our nurses have completed advanced training and passed accreditation exams to qualify as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN). Achieving this certification demonstrates advanced knowledge of the rehabilitation process.

The nursing staff performs hands-on nursing care by utilizing the nursing process to achieve high quality outcomes for patients. The staff coordinates nursing care activities with other members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team to help the patient achieve overall goals. Our nurses coordinate educational activities and use other resources to develop and implement an individualized teaching and discharge plan with the patient and the patient family or home support team.

Rapid Response Nurses work with our rehab nurses to provide additional resources if there are significant changes in a patient’s condition. RRNs work with unit RNs, patient, and physician to determine next steps in care.

Our rehab nurses facilitate a monthly Care Giver Support Group comprised primarily of family members of current and previous patients. Having a newly disabled person in the family can introduce myriad challenges and new experiences. The support group offers psychological, emotional, and educational support for caregivers.

What is CRRN?

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) developed the first Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) program to advance the professionalism of nurses in this specialized field. The Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board administers CRRN credentialing. This Board promotes excellence in care by validating qualifications and specialized knowledge in rehabilitation nursing. The CRRN program is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties.

A landmark study validated the importance of certification in rehabilitation nursing. That study showed that as the percentage of RNs with certification increased on a rehabilitation unit, the length of stay for patients decreased.