FeatureInspiring Hope in Our Rehabilitation Patients, Their Families, and OurselvesKautz, Donald PhD RN CNRN CRRN-A1Author Information Correspondence to 308 Moore Building, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402, or [email protected]. 1 Donald Kautz, PhD RN CNRN CRRN-A, is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro School of Nursing, Adult Health Department. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal: July 2008 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - p 148-153 doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2008.tb00220.x Buy Metrics Abstract When confronted with a devastating disability or chronic illness, rehabilitation nurses play a key role in inspiring hope for patients and their families. This article examines strategies nurses can implement in everyday practice: creating an environment of hope in a rehabilitation unit; assisting patients to manage their negative feelings about their disability; relieving chronic neuropathic pain; sustaining patient relationships with staff and family; helping patients to forgive themselves and others; enhancing patient intimacy with others; using literature to promote hope; acknowledging a patient's belief that nothing is impossible; using humor therapeutically; and maintaining hope for the moment. It is the moment—the time we spend with our patients—that is essential. In that moment, we are promoting hope. © 2008 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.