Registered Nurses with advanced certification in life support provide care
in this unit at all times. Many of our nurses have completed advanced
training and passed accreditation exams to qualify as a Certified Rehabilitation
Registered Nurse (CRRN). Achieving this certification demonstrates advanced
knowledge of the rehabilitation process.
The nursing staff performs hands-on nursing care by utilizing the nursing
process to achieve high quality outcomes for patients. The staff coordinates
nursing care activities with other members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation
team to help the patient achieve overall goals. Our nurses coordinate
educational activities and use other resources to develop and implement
an individualized teaching and discharge plan with the patient and the
patient family or home support team.
Rapid Response Nurses work with our rehab nurses to provide additional
resources if there are significant changes in a patient’s condition.
RRNs work with unit RNs, patient, and physician to determine next steps in care.
Our rehab nurses facilitate a monthly Care Giver Support Group comprised
primarily of family members of current and previous patients. Having a
newly disabled person in the family can introduce myriad challenges and
new experiences. The support group offers psychological, emotional, and
educational support for caregivers.
What is CRRN?
The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) developed the first Certified
Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) program to advance the professionalism
of nurses in this specialized field. The Rehabilitation Nursing Certification
Board administers CRRN credentialing. This Board promotes excellence in
care by validating qualifications and specialized knowledge in rehabilitation
nursing. The CRRN program is accredited by the American Board of Nursing
A landmark study validated the importance of certification in rehabilitation
nursing. That study showed that as the percentage of RNs with certification
increased on a rehabilitation unit, the length of stay for patients decreased.