ARN Professional Resource Library

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.


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.

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.

Care Transitions White Paper

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.

Caring for Older Patients in Rehabilitation Nursing

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

Clinical 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.

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.

Member Circle

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

Rehab Nurses Make a Real Difference

By the time a patient arrives in the care of a rehabilitation nurse, their life has already been saved. It’s up to the rehab nurse to return that patient to living life as independently as possible. Rehabilitation Nurses thrive across health care in so many ways. ARN’s Rehabilitation Nurses Make A Real Difference brochure outlines the career of a rehab nurse, addressing roles, settings, and the types of conditions the nurse may treat.

Rehabilitation Nursing Related Sites

This comprehensive listing of rehabiliation nursing websites corresponds to sections in ARN's core curriculum, The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing a Core Curriculum (7th edition) 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.

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 for distribution at chapter meetings, courses, and other educational events.

Safe Patient Handling Tool Kit 

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.

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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