Rehabilitation Nurse

What is a rehabilitation nurse?

A rehabilitation (rehab) nurse helps people with disabilities or chronic illness reach the highest level of function. They also help people regain their health and adapt to a changed lifestyle. They set realistic goals and treatment plans to help people be more independent. They work as part of a multidisciplinary team. They often coordinate patient care and team activities.

Rehab nurses work in many settings, such as:

  • Hospitals

  • Inpatient rehab centers

  • Outpatient rehab centers

  • Long-term care facilities

  • Community and home health settings

  • Insurance companies

  • Private practice

  • Schools

  • Industrial health centers

Rehab nurses provide care that helps to restore and maintain function, and prevent complications. They also provide patient and family education, counseling, and case management. They serve as patient and family advocates. They can also take part in research that helps improve how rehab is done.

Registered nurses who specialize in rehabilitation are often certified by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.


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