Sub-acute Nursing

Learn More about Sub-Acute Nursing

More intensive than long-term care but 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 BSN
  • Pass the NCLEX and become an RN
  • Gain experience in acute care, taking continuing education courses in rehabilitation and pharmacology

Annual Salary Range
$64,500 – 100,000

Typical Tasks

  • Managing patient wounds and pain
  • Administering IV therapy
  • Providing ventilator support

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Long-term care facilities



Education Requirements


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