ARN Professional Resources

ARN can help you document basic rehabilitation nursing competencies, connect with your nursing peers through Member Circle, demonstrate your professional commitment through certification, and support your higher education through scholarships. Check out the resources below for more information on these valuable programs.

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ARN Care Transitions Brochure

Making the Right Decision for Rehabilitation Care

Determining the best place for you or your family member to transition to after being hospitalized for a traumatic injury or illness requires a thorough understanding of the wide variety of rehabilitation services provided in different healthcare settings. The purpose of rehabilitation care is to maximize recovery and meet individual goals. There are distinct differences in the level of care and the expertise of the healthcare staff in the many rehabilitation care options. This brochure clarifies the types of care provided in each and which healthcare team member provides it.

ARN Competency Model for Professional Rehabilitation Nursing

The ARN Competency Model for Professional Rehabilitation Nursing defines the core domains and competencies required of the role of a professional rehabilitation nurse in today’s healthcare environment.


ARN-CAT is a tool designed for Nurse Managers, Administrators, Educators, or Case Managers, who need a simple way to evaluate staff competency in the basic areas of rehabilitation nursing.

ARN Member Circle

ARN offers an exciting online tool for networking with your colleagues in rehabilitation and restorative nursing: ARN Member Circle.

Audrey Nelson Staffing Study

Click here to view the study.

You can also view a one-page summary of the study by clicking here. This summary highlights the importance of the study as it relates to the CRRN certification.

The Essential Role of the Rehabilitation Nurse in Facilitating Care Transitions

The Essential Role of the Rehabilitation Nurse in Facilitating Care Transitions white paper, released at the Nursing Organizations Alliance meeting of the American Nurses Association (ANA), states successful post-acute care (PAC) transitions for individuals with disabling conditions must be facilitated by nurses with rehabilitation nursing training, knowledge, and experience. The integral role rehabilitation nurses have in providing vital guidance to post-acute patients with disabilities helps ensure the right care is provided at the right time and by the right providers.

Practice Guidelines

The RNF Practice Guidelines for the Management of Constipation in Adults address an unmet need for nurses, physicians, and dietitians in rehabilitation, long-term care, and in home health, ambulatory, and community settings. Developed by an interdisciplinary group, the guidelines can be used to guide decision-making as to the assessment and treatment of constipation in adults.

Also available are the ARN/AANN joint practice guidelines for the care of patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Multiple Sclerosis.

Caring for Older Patients in Rehabilitation Nursing

Helpful resources can be found here for those rehabilitation nurses caring for older adults.


Learn what you need to know to pursue the CRRN certification.

Patient Education (M)

ARN One-Click Patient Education Resources offers helpful information on common issues such as brain injury, bladder and bowel care.

Related Sites

This comprehensive listing of websites corresponds to sections in ARN's core curriculum, The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing and is designed to help rehabilitation nurses in their practice.

Role Descriptions

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses' Special Interest Groups have developed the following to educate current and potential employers, patients, and others about the various roles of rehabilitation nurses, and the skills they bring to all settings across the continuum of care. All descriptions are also available as printed brochures for distribution at chapter meetings, courses, and other educational events.

Nonmembers can view the html version of the Role Description brochures by clicking on the respective title. Members can download copies of the pdfs in the Members Only section of the ARN website.

Safe Patient Handling Tool Kit (M)

This tool kit can be used by any member of a rehabilitation interdisciplinary team to implement a safe patient handling program in a rehabilitation setting.


ARN offers scholarship opportunities for rehabilitation nurses to purse continuing education.

VA and Military Nurses

Rehabilitation nurses who work within the military and the Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare system are often confronted with a unique set of challenges helping wounded warriors return to active duty or re-establishing their lives at home.  This resource was created to point VA and Military nurses to all the ARN resources most useful to their practice.

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