Sub-acute Nursing

The Path to Becoming a Sub-acute Nurse

More intensive than long-term care, and less intensive than acute care, sub-acute nurses provide goal-oriented treatment for patients with AIDS, brain injuries, infections such as bacterial endocarditis, wound care, hospice, ventilator care and more. As a Sub-acute nurse, you’ll treat patients in need of 24-hour supervision in sub-acute units of a hospital or in a long-term care facility. You can treat patients of all ages; however, the majority will be elderly.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GAIN EXPERIENCE IN ACUTE CARE, TAKING CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES IN REHABILITATION AND PHARMACOLOGY

 

$50,000 - $70,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Wound and pain management
  • IV therapy
  • Ventilator support

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Long-term care facilities

Certification

RN