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The Competency Model for Professional Rehabilitation Nursing

Vaughn, Stephanie PhD, RN, CRRN1; Mauk, Kristen L. DNP, PhD, RN, CRRN, FAAN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, ACHPN2; Jacelon, Cynthia S. PhD, RN-BC, CRRN, FAAN3; Larsen, Pamala D. PhD, RN4; Rye, Jill MA, RN, CRRN, CNL5; Wintersgill, Wendy MSN, RN, CRRN, ACNS-BC6; Cave, Christine E. MSN, RN, CRRN, HFS7; Dufresne, David BS8

Rehabilitation Nursing Journal: January 2016 - Volume 41 - Issue 1 - p 33–44
doi: 10.1002/rnj.225
Continuing Education

Background: Rehabilitation nursing is practiced in various settings along the healthcare continuum. No framework is noted in the literature that defines the necessary competencies of the rehabilitation nurse.

Purpose: To develop a Competency Model for Professional Rehabilitation Nursing and its application to clinical and educational practice.

Method/design: A seven-member Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) task force was convened; conducted a literature review, reviewed current and historical ARN documents, including the Strategic Plan, and developed a Competency Model for Professional Rehabilitation Nursing practice.

Findings: The Competency Model for Professional Rehabilitation Nursing delineates four domains of rehabilitation nursing practice and essential role competencies.

Conclusion: The Competency Model for Professional Rehabilitation Nursing addresses this diverse specialty practice in the current healthcare arena. This framework can be used to guide nurses practicing at different levels of proficiency in various settings.

Clinical Relevance: The Competency Model can be used as a structure for staff orientation, evaluation tools, clinical ladder components, role descriptions and rehabilitation nursing courses.

1School of Nursing, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, USA

2Nursing, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, USA

3School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA

4Nursing, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA

5Nursing, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls, SD, USA

6Rehabilitation, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE, USA

7Rehabilitation, El Camino Hospital Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA, USA

8Professional Development, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, Chicago, IL, USA

Published online 23 September 2015.


Stephanie A. Vaughn, School of Nursing, California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, CA 92831.


© 2016 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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