Some conditions or procedures require rehabilitation nursing. The goal of this service is to help patients transition safely from the hospital to their home. Nurses work with the patient to improve their quality of life, often starting by assessing the patient’s needs and then creating a care plan to address those needs.
Conditions that could require rehabilitation nursing include:
- brain injury
- severe burns
- deconditioned, acute, or chronic pain
- cardiac disease
- respiratory disease
- bowel or bladder impairment
- organ transplant
Rehabilitation nursing is focused on function and what will help the patient get back to their daily life as safely as possible. Rehabilitation nurses often also work with other members of the patient’s home care team. This could include other in-home therapists and nurses, the patient’s primary care physician, and other healthcare professionals. A large part of rehabilitation nursing is collaboration and a holistic approach to the patient’s care. Everyone works together to set the patient up for success.
It often includes education and support for the caregivers as well. The patient’s healthcare team may work with the family and friends of the patient to help them take care of the patient. This could include training on specific tasks, education about the patient’s condition, or many other forms of support. Rehabilitation nursing is tailored to each patient’s unique needs, and so it looks different for each patient. The primary goal is always to hep the patient get back to their daily life and be as independent as possible.