Rehabilitation Nursing Related Sites

This comprehensive listing of websites is designed to help rehabilitation nurses in their practice. These links are categorized into six sections, which correspond to the sections in ARN's core curriculum, The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing, A Core Curriculum (7th edition). Click on a category below, or scroll down to view hundreds of valuable links.

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Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical Practice Guidelines available from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

  • Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury
  • Early Acute Management in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury
  • Bladder Management for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury
  • Preservation of Upper Limb Function Following Spinal Cord Injury
  • Respiratory Management Following Spinal Cord Injury
  • Acute Management of Autonomic Dysreflexia
  • Pressure Ulcer Preventation and Treatment Following Spinal Cord Injury
  • Outcomes Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
  • Depression Following Spinal Cord Injury
  • Neurogenic Bowel Management in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury

Related consumer guides available from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

  • Sexuality and Reproductive Health for Adults wtih Spinal Cord Injury: What You Should Know
  • Bladder Management Following Spinal Cord Injury: What You Should Know
  • Respiratory Management Following Spinal Cord Injury: What You Should Know
  • Preservation of Upper Limb Function Following Spinal Cord Injury: What You Should Know
  • Autonomic Dysreflexia: What You Should Know
  • Pressure Ulcers: What You Should Know
  • Expected Outcomes C1-3: What You Should Know
  • Expected Outcomes C4: What You Should Know
  • Expected Outcomes C5: What You Should Know
  • Expected Outcomes C6: What You Should Know
  • Expected Outcomes C7-8: What You Should Know
  • Expected Outcomes L2-S5: What You Should Know
  • Expected Outcomes T1-9: What You Should Know
  • Expected Outcomes T10-L1: What You Should Know
  • Depression: What You Should Know
  • Neurogenic Bowel: What You Should Know

Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection in Adults: 2009 International Clinical Practice Guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America

General Principles and Concepts of Rehabilitation Nursing as a Specialty

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Evidence-based practice; clinical practice guidelines; outcomes and effectiveness research.

Healthcare 411
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare 411 audio news source provides practical health care information, research findings, and data to help consumers, health providers, health insurers, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions about health care issues.

American Academy of Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine (AAPM&R)
Information on physiatry; legislative and clinical practice issues; clinical pathways

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Nursing curriculum standards; nursing education; related position statements

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ARM)
Information on rehabilitation research; dissemination and the transfer of technology; legislation

American Nurses Association (ANA)
News on legislation and issues affecting nurses; general resources to support and encourage nursing

Australasian Rehabilitation Nures Association (ARNA)

Bioethics Resources on the Web
Comprehensive list of resources including organizations, federal agencies, and the NIH; specific resources for research ethics, genetics, and medicine and health care

Center for Bioethics
University of Pennsylvania site includes news, events, tools, and funding resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Funding opportunities, publications, data and statistics, and news

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Consumer education on Medicare and Medicaid programs and eligibility requirements, related topics, and initiatives

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
Consumer information on accreditation and quality; list of providers; related publications

Congressional Email Directory
Complete listing of Congressional representatives with e-mail address for easy access and guidance on correspondence

Department of Health and Human Services

Disability Information
Comprehensive information about disability-related federal resources

Elder Care Sourcebook
Statistics on aging, eldercare, and retirement; census maps; comprehensive review of LTC; directory of online sources for finding records (birth & death certificates, unclaimed property)

Ethics Resource Center
Aticles, books, links, news, speeches and other materials

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Compliance assistance materials and information on the law; links to other Employment Standards Administration (ESA) resources

Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
Information on accreditation, the disease- specific care certification program, and performance measurement

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON)
NAON is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that exists to enhance the lives and careers of orthopaedic nurses by providing numerous nursing resources.

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials
Rehabilitation training materials (such as manuals, videos including interpreter training videos, CD-ROMs, guides, and directories); counselor education curriculum and syllabi; customized research services; research journals; links to other disability and rehabilitation related sites for educators, students, disabled individuals or family members of disabled individuals

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
Includes a listing of projects currently funded by NIDRR; grants and funding available to individuals with disabilities and their families; and information on NIDRR legislation and policies

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Research funding and programs; conferences and publications related to research

National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Links to several health databases; information on training and outreach programs; funding opportunities; research programs

National Rehabilitation Information Center
Past issues of RehabWire, a publication that highlights disability and rehabilitation information; databases of research organizations, documents, and Internet pages

Nursing Ethics: An International Journal for Health Care Professionals
Journal covers issues such as resuscitation, genetics, current health policies, modes of thought in health care, comparative and cross-cultural studies, ethics in the nursing curriculum, and codes of conduct

Clayton College and State University Department of Nursing Nursing Theory Link Page
Links to websites, articles, and resources related to nursing theory

The President's Council on Bioethics
Transcripts on such topics as stem cell research, cloning, and research ethics; meetings and publications

US Federal Register
Key regulatory information notices; databases on everything from US budgets to congressional bills to the federal register to public and private laws

US House and Senate Legislation (THOMAS)

White House

Write to Congress

Functional Health Patterns and Rehabilitation Nursing

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Information on certification, policies, continuing education, and meetings

American Botanical Council Information on Herbal News
Clinical and introductory guides to herbs; publications; journal articles

American Dietetic Association
Information on nutrition

American Society for Nutritional Sciences

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Causes, symptoms, prevention, treatment (Merck manual)

Brain: The Whole Brain Atlas

Brain Tumors: Clinical Trials

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Description and causes; statistics's Senior Care Directory

Centre for Health Promotion

Causes, treatments, diagnostic tests

Causes, symptoms, dehydration, treatment, prevention

Causes, symptoms, dehydration, treatment, prevention

Disability Resource Center
Products listings (e.g., bathroom aids, exercise equipment, ramps, wheelchairs)

Drugs that Can Not Be Crushed or Chewed
Answers to other frequently asked prescription questions

Information for caregivers and patients

Developmental Theories: Student's Newsletter
Definitions of terms used in developmental theories; explanation of theories; research history of theory development

Developmental Theories: Early Childhood Development
A list of websites that provide general information and information on various founders of developmental theory

Statistics on aging and elder care, as well as indices of issues faced by the elderly and where to go for solutions; a calendar of events for the elderly

Emotional Changes after Stroke

Erikson's Social Learning Theory
A history of the development of Erikson's theory, with complete description of the theory and various stages

Exercise and Fitness
American Heart Association

Exercise Tips For Seniors
American Physical Therapy Association section on geriatrics; links to journal and certification information

Family Development Theory
Explanation of various theories of family development

Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
Information on GSA sections and meetings, publications, programs and referral service

Government Nutrition Sites

Healthtouch Medication Guide
Descriptions of medications, what they are used for, risks and side effects, proper use and precautions

Herb Research Foundation
Includes a specialty research library containing more than 300,000 scientific articles on thousands of herbs

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
Resources for geriatric nurses; curriculum guide and online assessment; calendar of events; research studies and grants

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing: Assessment Tools
Assessment tools for the older adult population

Hospice Foundation of America
Resources for hospice professionals; hospice locator; grief resource page; information on teleconferences and meetings

Information on Assistive Technology
National and regional rehabilitation, research, support and advocacy organizations; on-line publications; information on conferences and meetings; manufacturers and distributors of products for people who live with the featured disability; and links to the ABLEDATA database for assistive products appropriate to specific disabilities

Internet Drug Index
Side effects and drug interactions for several products

Interpersonal Theory
History and definition of interpersonal theory, as well as references and links to other theory sites

Last Acts Campaign
Palliative care resources; information on government bills on palliative care; information on the coalition's activities

Links to Adaptive Products and Services
National Stroke Association's links to products

Low Vision Specialist Directory
Resources for low vision, from books to equipment to independent living aids; disability and legal issues

March of Dimes
Information on birth defects and pregnancy complications; perinatal statistics; research funding and continuing education

Information on Medicare plans, eligibility, and options; comparisons of treatment options; billing and provider information; glossary of terms

MEDLINE Plus: Cystic Fibrosis
Facts on cystic fibrosis and clinical trials; management, prevention and rehabilitation

MEDLINE Plus: Genetics/Birth Defects
List of common birth disorders and links to resources

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NAAAA)
Links to policy papers, eldercare locators, and events

National Center on Birth Defects, Developmental Disabilities, and Disabilities and Health
Complete listing of birth defects, developmental disorders, and national positions/research on disabilities and disorders

National Center on Elder Abuse
Information on forms of elder abuse; laws and protection; statistics and research; help for families

National Center for Health Statistics
Surveys and data collection systems; initiatives; research and development; journal articles and listservs

National Gerontological Nurses Association
Information on membership, continuing education courses, scholarships and awards

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements
Health information; fact sheets on supplements; publications; research programs; grants and funding opportunities

Photos of the central nervous system

Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology on the Internet

Journal articles and information for authors

Neuroanatomy Tutorial
Images of different parts of the neuroanatomy for visitors to identify

Neuroscience for Kids
Information, games, books and articles, and links to other web sites for teaching neuroscience

Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Nutrition: Delicious Decisions
American Heart Association site that includes information on the most current AHA nutrition recommendations and guidelines, useful shopping tips, heart healthy recipes, and tips on smart snacking, eating out healthy, and exercise

Nutrition: United States Department of Agriculture
Resources on topics such as Child Nutrition and Health, Eating Disorders, Food Allergies, Food and Nutrition Education, Food Safety, and Nutrition and Cancer

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Fact sheet on initiatives taken by the ODPHP, and publications on nutrition and health

Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and descriptions for different types of pneumonias

Preventing Pressure Ulcers
Origins; risks; care by risk factors; additional resources

Respite Care
Locator service; lending library; books, journals, and audiovisual materials; downloadable factsheets; conferences; family support information

Sex After Stroke

Sigmund Freud
Links to Freud's writings, museums, biographical materials, manuscripts, and letters

Sigmund Freud Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Biography of Freud; history of his work and theories; review of psychoanalysis

Sleep, Rest & Restoration
Sleep disorders, diagnoses, treatment

Social Security Online

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Association
Information on hospice, referrals, educational programs, public policy and regulatory issues

The U.S. Administration on Aging
Statistics on aging; news; health information; government resources and grant programs

Tips for Preventing Falls
Stroke prevention, work injury, and healthy eating

Tobacco Cessation Guideline
Information on drugs and counseling techniques for treating tobacco use and dependence

Visual Problems
Products and publications; fact sheets; newsletters; information on vision impairment, prevention and rehabilitation

Wired for Seniors: A Web Site for Older Adults
Information for seniors on travel discounts; a discussion forum; links to related sites

Worldwide Education and Awareness for Movement Disorders
Information for patients and caregivers on such disorders as Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, spasticity, Wilson disease, and more

Wound Healing
Table of care by risk factors

You Can Quit Smoking
Advice, treatments, and medications for smoking cessation

Nursing Management of Common Rehabilitation Disorders

HIV/AIDS Information
Fact sheets, treatment news, books, and programs

American Alliance of Cancer Pain Initiatives
A national network of state-based pain initiatives

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

American Cancer Society

American Chronic Pain Association

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association
Information on stroke effects, factors, tests, rehab, and cardiac warning signs and arrest

American Occupational Therapy Association
Recovering from stroke; legislative action center

American Parkinson Disease Association
Downloadable patient education booklets; information on fellowships and research grants; referral center

American Stroke Association

Aphasia HOPE Foundation

Aphasia/Communication Disorders

Arthritis Foundation

Arthritis Research & Therapy

Symptom checklist; managing pain; treatment; assistive products

Brain Attack Coalition
Coalition initiatives; stroke scales; guidelines; patient resources

Brain Injury Association of America

CDC Division of HIV and AIDS Prevention

Children with Diabetes

Clinical Trials
Information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers; information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details

Comprehensive Overview of Nursing & Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Care of the Stroke Patient: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association

Driving after a Stroke
Fact sheet and specific information about driving with various conditions including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, rheumatoid arthritis, and many others

Driving a car again after a stroke
General information on stroke rehab with a special section about driving

Emotional Changes Following Stroke

Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury
Information for SCI victims about prevention; care; onging research; financing and managing disability-related expenses; liability, compensation, and legal options; and accessing professionals and counseling organizations

Glasgow Coma Scale
Centre for Neuro Skills site, includes article search, other assessment scales, drug search, pharmacology and rehabilitation guides and rehab manuals

Glasgow Coma Scale site, includes image bank, information on fellowships, and list of trauma sites

Heart and Stroke Encyclopedia

HIV Insite Gateway
Information on treatment, prevention, and policy

International Brain Injury Association

Internet Stroke Center
Information about stroke care and research

Internet Stroke Center
Stroke scales and clinical assessment tools; living with stroke

MEDLINEplus: Parkinson's Disease

MEDLINEplus: Spinal Cord Injuries


Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation
Symptoms and treatment; clinical trials; a research database; publications

National Amputation Foundation

National Aphasia Association
Aphasia Fact sheet

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders
Information on musculoskeletal diseases, skin disease, current research, and upcoming events

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Information on diseases, research funding, clinical research, and reports to Congress

National Institutes of Health: Osteoporosis and Bone Related Disorders Resource Center

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS related news and current events; patient and public education; research; special events; comprehensive resource center

National Osteoporosis Foundation
Related news headlines; prevention and patient education; locate a doctor; clinical guidelines; research grants

National Parkinson Foundation
FAQs; find a doctor; cookbook for Parkinson's patients

National Resource for TBI
Extensive resource catalog for professionals, patients, and families

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
An A-Z resource center on SCI related articles

National Stroke Association
Types of stroke, what a stroke is, stroke risk factors, risk reduction, classes of acute treatment, recovery and rehab, life after stroke, effects of stroke, 5 common stroke symptoms

NINDS: Brain Injury
BI related education; related organizations; information on research

NINDS: Chronic Pain
Pain related education; related organizations; information on research

NINDS: Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's related education; related organizations; information on research

NINDS: Spinal Cord Injury
SCI related education; related organizations; information on research

NINDS: Stroke
Stroke related education; related organizations; information on research

Orthopaedic: Hip & Knee Replacement
Patient education and FAQs from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University

Continuing education for healthcare professionals

Paralyzed Veterans of America
News stories; living with SCI; sports and recreation; PVA publications catalog; research and education

Parkinson's Disease Foundation
Science bulletin; Parkinson's community news; ask the experts

Rehabilitation Research Center for TBI and SCI
TBI and SCI research projects

Seizure Disorders
Merck Manual

Latest news; therapy; research; coping; nutrition; diagnosis, symptoms

Spinal Cord Injury Information Network
Research information; statistics and facts; equipment and accessibility; education and training

Spirituality: Jewish Family & Community Services

Spirituality: Lutheran Social Services

Symptoms of Stroke

TBI Resource Guide
Continuing education; "How To" manuals on rehab techniques, toilet training, basic self-care, transfer techniques, behavior disorders, TBI rehabilitation; summaries of current TBI research

The Assessment and Management of Acute Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents
American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement

The Doctor's Guide to Stroke Information and Resources Web Site
The latest medical news and information for patients or friends/parents of patients diagnosed with strokes

Treatment for Burns

Rehabilitation Nursing Across the Life Continuum

About Childhood Asthma
About childhood asthma; how normal lungs function; what asthma is; causes of asthma; signs and symptoms; hidden asthma; what triggers asthma; controlling your child's asthma; teens and asthma; asthma medications for kids

AllPsych Online: The Virtual Psychology Classroom
Online psychology texts; psychology reference section; psychiatric disorders

American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators

American Association of Nurse Executives

American Geriatrics Society
Behaviorist Theory

Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms

Birth Defect Research for Children

Childhood Asthma Foundation
Patient education; grant information

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Patient and family education; research; gene therapy

The Delivery and Evaluation of Rehabilitation Services

American Case Management Association

Case Management Society

Comparison of Subacute and Hospital Based Rehabilitation Care

Disability, Aging, and Long-term Care Policy
Information on public policy regarding disability and aging

NANDA Classification
NANDA programs, publications, grant applications and membership information

Nursing Assistant Guides

Omaha Classification System

Primary Nursing Care Magazine
Primary Care Nursing Journal Online with access to recent articles

Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDS)
Links to various systems for documenting the severity and outcomes of patient disabilities

Where has Subacute Rehab Gone?

World Health Organization: Disability and Rehabilitation
A report on the WHO program on disability and rehabilitation, with links to publications, events and country profiles

Rehabilitation Nursing in the 21st Century

A reference site for practitioners and patients; referrals and information on accredited schools; information on herbs, recent research and awards.

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
A resource for both patients and practitioners

Change Theory Sites

Healthy People 2010
U.S. government website to promote health; includes resources, publications and information to implement a healthy lifestyle