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Introduction to Rehabilitation Nursing

presented by Michelle Camicia, PhD, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FARN, FAHA, FAAN

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Financial: Michelle Camicia is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation


Non-Financial: Michelle Camicia has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 60 Minutes


This course gives students an overview of disability and rehabilitation. The roles and responsibilities of the rehabilitation nurse and core competencies of this specialty are presented. Participants will learn how to approach their nursing practice to optimize function and provide family-centered care. This course is appropriate for nurses working in any setting,but particularly targets those in rehabilitation, long-term care, and home health care.

Meet Your Instructor

Michelle Camicia, PhD, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FARN, FAHA, FAAN

Michelle Camicia, PhD, MSN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA, FARN, FAAN, is the director of operations for Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center at the Vallejo Medical Center. She is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Center as well as outreach, quality, and regulatory oversight. Michelle is a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. She has…

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1. Disability and Rehabilitation Nursing

Understanding disability and how the philosophy of rehabilitation nursing can be integrated into practice is used to promote quality nursing care. This chapter covers the philosophy of rehabilitation nursing as an approach to patient- and family-centered care. The International Classification of Function (ICF) will also be discussed.

2. What Is a Rehabilitation Nurse?

In this chapter, rehabilitation nurses will master the core competencies of this specialty practice. This chapter briefly reviews the Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Model, with an emphasis on the beginner level competencies.

3. The Impact of Rehabilitation Nursing Across the Care Continuum

The philosophy of rehabilitation nursing can be applied across settings to promote holistic patient/client/family care. The benefit of applying rehabilitation nursing concepts across environments to the patient, family, and community will be explored.

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