Rehabilitation Nursing

How to Become a Rehabilitation Nurse

Rehabilitation nurses focus on providing care to patients who have been incapacitated by injury or illness. These nurses help patients with long-term physical disabilities or chronic illnesses deal with their limitations and reach their full potential. The goal of the nurse is to participate in a treatment program which will allow the patient to regain as much normal function as possible, thereby improving quality of life for the patient. Rehabilitation nurses work with patients, as well as their family members, to create a recovery plan and set short and long-term goals—ultimately helping the patient achieve as independent a lifestyle as possible.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR ASN OR BSN (TAKING COURSES IN REHABILITATION COURSES AND INTERNSHIPS AT A REHABILITATION FACILITIES CAN GIVE YOU THE EXPERIENCE YOU’LL NEED TO GET AN ENTRY-LEVEL JOB AS A REHABILITATION NURSE.)
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • WORK AS A REGISTERED NURSE FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS IN REHABILITATION NURSING, OR HAVE ONE YEAR REHAB NURSING EXPERIENCE AND ONE YEAR OF ADVANCED STUDY
  • GET YOUR CRRN

$55,000-$70,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Helping a patient learn to walk, eat, talk, write, or perform other tasks
  • Working with patients who are struggling with substance abuse and mental illness
  • Cleaning wounds, administering medications, charting, and coordinating with a medical team

 

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Clinics
  • Residential care facilities
  • Home health care environments

Certification

RN, Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN)