Make a Difference Brochure
The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses has developed the Make A Difference brochure to educate individuals about the practice of rehabilitation nursing. This newly redesigned brochure is perfect for handing out to new employees, nursing students and instructors, for open houses, job fairs, or hospital HR recruitment purposes.
An html version of the Make A Difference brochure can be viewed at no charge by clicking on the respective title. Members can download copies of the pdf in the Members Only section of the ARN website.
What Do Rehabilitation Nurses Do?
Rehabilitation nurses begin to work with individuals and their families soon after the onset of a disabling injury or chronic illness. They continue to provide support in the form of patient and family education and empower these individuals when they go home or return to work or school. The rehabilitation nurse often teaches patients and their caregivers how to access systems and resources.
Rehabilitation nursing is a philosophy of care, not a work setting or a phase of treatment. Rehabilitation nurses base their practice on rehabilitative and restorative principles by
Rehabilitation Nurses Practice in All Settings
Rehabilitation Nurses Fill Many Roles Across the Continuum of Care
A registered nurse with at least 2 years of practice in rehabilitation nursing can earn distinction as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®) by successfully completing an examination that validates expertise.
Why Hire a Rehabilitation Nurse?
Rehabilitation nurses have excellent functional assessment skills and take a comprehensive approach to care. They act as multisystem integrators and team leaders, working with physicians, therapists, and others to solve problems and promote patients' maximal independence. Rehabilitation nurses are particularly skilled at working with others to adapt ongoing care to the resources available.
Rehabilitation nurses act not only as caregivers but also as coordinators, collaborators, counselors, and case managers.
The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses' Special Interest Groups have developed role descriptions to educate employers, patients, and others about the various roles of rehabilitation nurses and the skills they bring to all settings across the continuum of care. Role descriptions are available on the ARN website.
The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) is the membership organization for professional nurses actively engaged in or concerned with the practice of rehabilitation nursing. ARN works to advance rehabilitation nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration, and research to enhance the quality of life for those affected by physical disability or chronic illness.