Advancing Practice in Rehabilitation Nursing by Rebecca Jester

By Rebecca Jester

Nurses play a key position within the rehabilitation technique - maximising the standard of existence and independence of people following trauma, sickness or enduring persistent affliction. Advancing perform in Rehabilitation Nursing presents an in-depth research of professional perform in rehabilitation nursing. It examines the study foundation underlying scientific perform and identifies distinctive attributes of the nursing position in the context of multidisciplinary and multi-agency operating. the 1st a part of Advancing perform in Rehabilitation Nursing explores basic ideas of professional rehabilitation perform, which might be utilized to either group and in-patient settings. the second one half addresses particular matters in center parts of perform together with stroke, received mind damage, spinal damage, orthopaedic rehabilitation and administration of individuals with long term stipulations.

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3 To do the above and assume significant clinical or public health leadership of registered practitioners and others, and/or clinical management and/or specialist care. Experienced senior registered practitioners in a diverse range of posts, including ward sisters, community nurses and clinical nurse specialists. First or masters degree level, hold professional registration and, in many cases, additional specialist specific professional qualifications. 4 To do the above and provide expert care, to provide clinical or public health leadership and consultancy to senior registered practitioners and others and initiate and lead significant practice, education and service development.

The shift in emphasis from hospital to community-based services has been in response to a number of factors, including: the realisation that hospitalisation is not therapeutically beneficial for many, specifically the very young and older people; that rehabilitation is more realistic in the home setting; a shift of power to fund and commission services to primary care; a reduction in the number of hospital beds available; and an increasing demographic population requiring rehabilitation services.

As discussed in Chapter 2 an integral part of the specialist nurse role is the education of staff, patients and informal carers. The Royal College of Nursing have a specific forum for rehabilitation nursing and provide useful literature, conferences and seminars to keep nurses updated on developments in rehabilitation nursing. Rehabilitation patients on an acute unit do have full access to clinical investigations, such as radiographs, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and prompt attention from the full range of medical expertise if secondary complications occur.

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