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NURSING SPECIALITIES KEY :

• Minimum Education required
Certification credential
• Certifications required
• Possible employment
• Reference / Resources
• Experience needed
Professional Organization
Rehabilitation Nurse Rehabilitation nurses work with patients and their families soon after the onset of a disabling injury or chronic illness . They help patients adapt to their disabilities , and work toward productive , independent lives . They take a holistic approach to meeting patients ’ medical , vocational , educational , environmental , and spiritual needs . They continue to provide support in the form of patient and family education and empower individuals as they continue to live life independently again . The rehabilitation nurse often teaches patients and their caregivers how to access systems and resources .
• RN , ASN / ADN , or BSN ( BSN recommended )
• Rehabilitation nurse certification
• 2 years in rehabilitation nursing ( or 1 year , with another year of advanced study )
CRRN
• Continuing Care ( i . e ., long-term and assisted living centers ), home healthcare variety of settings , including IRFs , SNFs , LTC , LTAC , Case Management , Hospitals ( acute care settings ), military service , community health settings , across all post acute care settings
• Association of Rehabilitation Nurses ( www . rehabnurse . org )
Rheumatology Nurse A Rheumatology Nurse helps patients with rheumatic diseases that affect the joints and muscles , such as lupus , fibromyalgia , myositis , spondylitis , rheumatoid arthritis and Lyme disease . A large part of the job will include easing patients ’ pain and helping them manage their symptoms .
• RN , LPN ( BSN recommended )
• Hospitals ( acute care settings ), Medical Physician offices , home healthcare , outpatient care centers , military service
• Rheumatology Nurses Society ( www . rnsnurse . org )
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