What Are Rehabilitation Nurses?

Rehabilitation nurses specialize in helping people with disabilities, and chronic illnesses learn to live a different lifestyle modified by their illnesses. 

Rehabilitation nurses help patients become more independent and adapt to their situations according to their diseases. Some of the diseases that rehabilitation nurses care for are:

  • ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Amputation
  • Brain Injury
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Major joint replacements
  • Organ transplant
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Different grades of burns

What Do Rehabilitation Travel and PRN Nurses Do? 

Many of these diseases leave traces for life, others will need a lot of therapy to recover, and some have no treatment that leads to a cure, so rehabilitation is likely aimed at making life more bearable and dignified for the patient. Regardless of the case or the disease, rehabilitation nurses will help their patients complete daily tasks little by little.

Nurses start by making the daily routine easier for their patients in the rehabilitation centers. This is in-patient rehabilitation. This means that patients will stay inside this facility for some time to get used to their daily routine and its implications: eating, dressing, toileting, swallowing, speaking, mobilizing, etc. Each patient will have a different way of getting used to their new routine and acquiring more independence in their own life. Some patients will still need support once discharged, but they will have learned to cope with some difficulties.

In-patient rehabilitation is very important for patients suffering from these diseases, and the role of nurses is extremely important, as the future comfort of the patients’ routine depends on their creativity and training. Accessing a certain level of independence despite the disease or disability a patient has is a great luxury for the patient’s life. Hence the importance of nurses in in-patient rehabilitation. 

What Type of Clinicians Work in Rehab? 

Of course, the work is a team effort, in which different specialists will look for ways to create comprehensive care plans for each patient. These specialists include speech therapists, neuropsychiatrists, physiotherapists, audiologists, case managers, chiropractors, dietitians and nutritionists, neurosurgeons, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, social workers, urologists, and more. All these professionals will be part of a multidisciplinary team with a single goal: advancing their patients to help them in their daily lives and long-term goals.

Nurses who work in rehabilitation centers are usually nurses with a specialty in rehab nursing. The association of rehabilitation nurses can provide certification to nurses who require it so that they have a stronger resume and can work in specialized rehabilitation settings.

Rehabilitation nurses will perform the following functions: administer medication to patients, supervise nursing assistants in their daily tasks to follow the rehabilitation plan of each patient, participate in the treatment alongside a multidisciplinary team to contribute to the rehabilitation of each patient, and know in detail the ailments of each disease they may encounter, especially if they are going to be local travel nurses, and change environments and patients regularly.

Nurses with experience working in rehabilitation centers may apply to work as local travel nursing. The advantages of working as a local travel nurse and a PRN (pro re nata) are that they can earn a better salary without having to leave their region or be far away from their family. They can have shorter contracts or choose their schedule. Nursa’s app allows nurses to find shifts near them to work with this compensation. Nurses simply create an account once they have downloaded the app, upload their certifications and begin searching for shifts. It’s very simple, and the Nursa team is always available to answer any nurses’ questions and support them in all their needs. 

What is the Average Rehab Nurse Salary?

Rehabilitation nurses have median annual earnings of $68,142. The salary can vary quite a bit depending on the state they are in their specialties, and the type of work they perform (whether it is a permanent job or not).

Recommended Certifications for the Rehabilitation Nursing Specialty

To further your education and enhance your professional portfolio on our Nursa platform, here are a few certifications that, if you qualify, would show potential employers your dedication to the specialty.

What Type of People Work in Rehabilitation? 

Many nurses choose to work as travel rehabilitation nurses because the pay is highly competitive. This is reflected in the wellness they project to patients in rehabilitation and the great need that more and more patients have for this type of care, which is individualized and highly effective in improving their quality of life.

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