The Role Of Rehabilitation Nurse

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Rehabilitation Nurses are a specialized group of healthcare providers within the sphere of the medical field that focus on rehabilitation, the process of helping people physically recover from, trauma, disability or illness (The Rehabilitation Staff Nurse, n.d.). The primary purpose of a Rehabilitation Nurse revolves around creating a therapeutic environment for a patient and assisting the impaired individual reach maximum function. Generally, their role involves developing a treatment plan that encourages physical activity and helping patients adapt to a new, altered lifestyle (The Rehabilitation Staff Nurse, n.d.). Since rehab treatment relies on trust, support and motivation, the nurse-patient relationship is pivotal to reach the highest…show more content…
However, the lack of set accountabilities results in the inability to differentiate when nurses are overstepping and when its necessary to disclose themselves from patient treatment. Medical professionals begin overstepping without established professional boundaries, which results in “negligence of patients needs at expense of their own” (Tyrell, 2016). Because of the long-term treatments and bonds formed throughout the healing process, many patients and nurses confuse this with friendship. As Tyrell and Pryor mention (2016), friendly nurse-patient relationships may be healthy and influencing during rehabilitation, but nurses must remind themselves of the goal at hand which involves helping the patient regain function as soon as possible and allow them to return to their old or altered…show more content…
Since rehab nurses frequently have the same patients for long periods of time, they witness the patients progress made from when they first began their treatment. Although they may feel happiness once their patient reaches their maximum function, they are also susceptible to compassion fatigue during treatment. Rehabilitation Nurses are constantly exposed to patients who have lost a part of who they are due to physical impairment and who need guidance in finding coping mechanisms. As a result, they are expected to replenish patient enthusiasm and provide constant support. Many believe education, training and experience will protect healthcare providers from feeling pain or loss, but compassion fatigue is inevitable especially when dealing with emotional exhaustion from work overload and patient care (Bush, 2009, pg. 26). Rehabilitation Nurses empathize with patients who are struggling to regain function or who cannot accept their new physical condition. Not all providers and all cases cause emotional distress and burnout; rather, it depends on the severity, relationship, and work environment of a Rehab Nurse (Bush, 2009, pg. 26). Regardless, all healthcare providers should take preventative care and find their own coping mechanisms that will ensure their
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