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Principles of rehabilitation nursing

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Principles of rehabilitation nursing

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



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


Face to face
Sandra Lever
Clinical Nurse Consultant (Rehabilitation)

Sandra Tutt 
Clinical Nurse Consultant  (Pain)


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)
10:30amMorning tea

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



Sexuality and the rehabilitation process


Discharge planning considerations for a client who has had a stroke


Continence management – a rehabilitative perspective



Pain assessment and management in the rehabilitation setting

  • pain classification
  • types of pain
  • pain assessment tools
  • non-pharmacological strategies
4:45pmEvaluation and finish


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