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Principles of rehabilitation nursing

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This short course is designed for registered and enrolled nurses who are working with clients requiring rehabilitation.

Dates and locations

23 March 2017 - Bega NSW

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RN member         $187.50RN non-member     $219.50
EN member         $153.50EN non-member     $186.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • Define rehabilitation nursing, including the role and responsibility of the rehabilitation nurse within the multidisciplinary team
  • Explain the role of goal setting in rehabilitation
  • Describe in brief the nursing assessment and management of pain and continence
  • Discuss sexuality in rehabilitation
  • Demonstrate teaching skills relevant to rehabilitation.
  • List the discharge planning considerations to support the rehabilitation of the amputee, orthopaedic, brain-injured or stroke patient, patients with spinal injury

0900 – 1030

Introduction to rehabilitation nursing

  • aims of rehabilitation
  • process of rehabilitation
  • relationship between nursing and rehabilitation
  • promoting independence
  • Standards for practice
  • Multidisciplinary team approach (types of teams/team building)
1030 – 1045Morning tea
1045 – 1215

The role of goal setting in rehabilitation

  • Benefits of goal setting- enablement approach
  • Factors that influence patient engagement
  • Care planning – Team approach
  • Principles of discharge planning
  • Documentation
  • case study/group work- ?? template
1215– 1245


1245– 1315

Sexuality and the rehabilitation process

1315 – 1445

Discharge planning considerations in the following client groups

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Orthopaedic
  • Amputation
1445– 1515

Continence management – a rehabilitative perspective

1515– 1645

Pain assessment and management in the rehabilitation setting

  • pain classification
  • types of pain
  • pain assessment tools
  • non-pharmacological strategies
1645 – 1700Evaluation and finish