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Management of Activity Tolerance & Mobility in Rehabilitation Nursing

presented by Stephanie Burnett

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This course is part of our CRRN® Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge CRRN® Prep-Program.

According to NANDA, the state of not having the physiological or psychological energy to complete the activities of daily living (ADLs) is called activity intolerance. Maximizing the patient’s mobility ability and enhancing their self-care ability is a central goal for rehabilitation nurses. Rehabilitation patients experience many conditions that may result in activity intolerance. The rehabilitation nurse’s role is essential to enhance the patient’s participation in the therapy experience and to promote carryover to the unit and home environment.

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Meet Your Instructor

  • Stephanie Burnett, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CRRN

    Dr. Stephanie Davis Burnett is an advanced practice nurse with more than 35 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation nursing. She is considered an expert in the areas of rehabilitation, leadership, and staff education. Her certifications include being a board-certified clinical nurse specialist (ACNS-BC) and a certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN). She holds Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and masters in nursing (MSN) degrees from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Stephanie’s experience includes positions as a hospital staff nurse, nurse manager, staff educator, and program coordinator; and in academia, adjunct faculty member in the masters of nursing level program. She also works as an independent expert rehabilitation nursing consultant in the area of nursing practice and staff education. Stephanie is a published author, editor, and accomplished speaker-presenter in her chosen field of practice. Dr. Burnett served as editor of the ARN publication “Evidence-based Rehabilitation Nursing: Common Challenges and Interventions, 2nd Ed.” (2013) and chapter co-author in two recent editions of the ARN core curriculum. Stephanie is an active member in three professional nursing organizations: Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), of which she is a past national president, past chair, and member of the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification board and ARN Board of Directors; American Nurses Association (ANA); and, National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Her nursing experience in leadership and rehabilitationand her collaborative skills make her a highly sought and skilled conference presenter. Dr. Burnett is currently a self-employed consultant in the field of rehabilitation nursing and legal nurse consultant, residing in the Birmingham, AL area.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Anatomy and Physiology of Common Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and Neurological Rehabilitation Deficits

    1. Anatomy and Physiology of Common Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and Neurological Rehabilitation Deficits

    Understanding the basic anatomy and physiology related to musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological function helps the rehabilitation nurse to anticipate and interpret the complications commonly seen in the rehabilitation patient population.

  2. Assessment Tools and Strategies to Address Deficits in Mobility and Self-Care/Activities of Daily Living

    2. Assessment Tools and Strategies to Address Deficits in Mobility and Self-Care/Activities of Daily Living

    Immobility resulting from disease states, neurological conditions, or injury can result in functional deficits and diminished ability to perform self-care and activities of daily living. Utilizing objective tools to identify deficits is necessary for successful team goal setting and program evaluation; and, to develop evidence-based strategies to address patient needs

  3. Review Nursing Goals Setting and Interventions to Enhance the Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and Neurological Function in Rehabilitation Patients

    3. Review Nursing Goals Setting and Interventions to Enhance the Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and Neurological Function in Rehabilitation Patients

    Individuals with disability and chronic illness require realistic goal setting and appropriate nursing interventions to achieve maximal independence. The primary role of the rehabilitation nurse is to intervene to promote the individual’s response to health problems related to altered functional ability.