presented by Stephanie Burnett
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Individuals with disability and chronic conditions experience changes in their familial and societal roles. Many of these changes may affect the psychological and social factors that influence mental health (i.e. psychosocial wellness) or exacerbate any pre-existing psychosocial disorders or conditions. Rehabilitation nurses play a key role in promoting optimal psychosocial patterns and holistic wellness.
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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.
Individuals occupy many roles and relationships that influence their psychosocial health. Positive role adjustment and relationships have a favorable influence on the overall wellness and recovery of the disabled and chronically impaired population.
Psychosocial disorders are mental health states caused or influenced by life experiences. The multifaceted nature and diversity of rehabilitation patients puts them at risk for psychosocial disorders. Knowledge of relevant psychosocial disorders influencing the health and wellness of the rehabilitation patient is important for the rehabilitation nurse in providing quality care.
Relevant theory and research application to psychosocial health is essential when engaging in evidence-based nursing practice. Review of the evidence identifies the best clinical expertise and interventions.
Chronic illness and disability impairment effects not only the physical, but the psychosocial well-being of the individual. The holistic nature of rehabilitation patient care requires interventions that address psychosocial causation and sequelae effecting the disabled. Rehabilitation nurses must employ strategies to identify wellness goals and promote effective interactions among patients and caregivers.