ARN Competency Model for Professional Rehabilitation Nursing

The specialty of rehabilitation nursing is practiced in multiple settings along the healthcare continuum; thus, a framework or model for professional rehabilitation nursing needs to encompass domains that reflect all competencies necessary to promote rehabilitation nursing in the current healthcare environment.

An ARN task force comprised of experts representing clinical and academic settings embarked on a journey to develop an evidence-based framework to guide professional rehabilitation nursing practice. Four domains were created that highlighted essential role competencies. The competencies were further defined into three levels of nurse proficiency: beginner (1-2 years); intermediate (3-5 years-CRRN); and advanced (5 years and above in varied roles, including educator, CNS, APRN, etc.).

The Competency Model for Professional Rehabilitation Nursing is depicted by a circle with the Professional Rehabilitation Nurse Role at the center surrounded by the four domains and various competencies. The broken lines illustrate the crossover of knowledge and skills that are represented in each domain, representing a holistic practice that rehabilitation nurses espouse.


ARN Competency Model


Over time, ARN will be developing implementation and adoption toolkits to help facilitate the integration of the competency model into both formal academic nursing curricula and clinical practice. In addition, the competency model will be used to help inform and shape future educational products and programs from ARN. The next iterations of the Core Curriculum, PRN course, etc., will all benefit from the foundation and framework defined by the model.

Download the ARN Competency Model (PDF) here.

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