Characterized by the blurring of boundaries between disciplines, as well as by cross-training and flexibility to minimize duplication of effort toward individual goal attainment
Figure 39-1 Members of the rehabilitation team help a patient with ambulation (From Leahy, J.M., Kizilay, P.E. . Foundations of nursing practice: a nursing process approach . Philadelphia: Saunders.)
Encouraging and facilitating family-to-family support and networking
Appreciating families as families and children as children; recognizing that they possess a wide range of strengths, concerns, emotions, and aspirations beyond their need for specialized health and developmental services and support
This has evolved over the past 20 years from a mere combination of pediatrics and rehabilitation into a true specialty committed to the care of children with disabilities or other chronic conditions and their families.
Nurses in this field provide a continuum of care so those children can become contributing members of society and function at their maximum potential.
Pediatric rehabilitation nurses in their roles as leaders, advocates, and educators can have a very positive influence on the lives of children with disabilities and chronic conditions and on their families.
Most brain-related disabilities, including physical, cognitive, and psychosocial difficulties, require 5 to 10 years of difficult and painful rehabilitation; many require life-long treatment and attention.
The primary goal of the rehabilitation professional treating the survivor of brain injury is to restore the person to the highest possible level of independent functioning.
Head injuries are classified as either penetrating or closed head injuries.
Rehabilitation is the process of maximizing an individual’s capabilities or resources to foster optimal independent functioning.
The patient is the most important team member and must be involved in planning the programs and learning in detail about the disabilities, the ways of accomplishing the goals, and the options available