Summary: A Career As A Rehab Nurse

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A profession that gets misunderstood all the time is nursing. Nursing is more than giving shots and cleaning up after people. Watching people grow and get better or helping people as they take their last breath is the most rewarding thing I have done. I graduated from the nursing program at Rich Mountain Community College in 2015. Having gone through the nursing clinicals, I found that nurses play a big role in all departments of the hospital including surgery, rehab, and labor and delivery. One of the departments where nurses play a big role is surgery. Yes, surgeons are the ones that actually do the surgery, but they are not the only people in the room. As stated by FORTIS College, there are three main positions for surgical nurses: scrub …show more content…
According to the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, the goal of a rehab nurse is to aid individuals with a disability and/or chronic illness and also, to attain and maintain maximum function. The rehab nurse designs and implements treatment strategies for self-care and to promote physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health. Rehab nurses are teachers, caregivers, collaborators, and most of all, client advocates. As a teacher, the rehab nurse teaches the patients and their families about the disease process and any underlying disabilities associated with it. While teaching about the underlying disabilities, the nurse will also teach the patients and their families techniques on how to develop self-care skills so that they can move toward wellness. Being a caregiver, is an important part of the rehab nurses role. The nurse implements a plan of care by providing nursing care and education to the patient. A goal is to maintain and restore function and to prevent complications and further loss. As a collaborator, the rehab nurse develops goals for the patient by working with other members of the rehab team. The nurse also intervenes with team members and other healthcare professionals to ensure that there is optimal opportunity for recovery. Being a client advocate, the rehab nurse actively listens, reflects, and guides the patients and their families through the grieving …show more content…
Labor and delivery nurses provide care to women and newborns through all the stages of the birthing process and after delivery. The nurse must monitor the mother and newborn for any type of complications. Also, when it comes to a woman needing a cesarean delivery, the labor and delivery nurse becomes a circulating nurse. As a circulating nurse in labor and delivery, they assist the obstetrician by passing the necessary tools and by getting the vital signs and measurements of the newborn. My favorite part of being in the labor and delivery department was being the nursery nurse. The nurse that works in the nursery is responsible for caring for the newborn and making sure that the vital signs stay at normal levels. Getting to hold newborns was a great bonus while working in that department. But, working in labor and delivery is not always a good experience. It is very sad and heartbreaking when the mother or newborn has to be transported to a different hospital due to complications. Assisting in bringing a new life to the world and seeing the look on the parents’ faces when they first get to hold their baby is

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