Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Janie Carlton

Abstract

Health Care Organizations (HCO) are businesses. In an effort to be successful and to remain viable, HCOs must provide a myriad of services to meet their customer's needs. Included in these services is competent rehabilitation care that manages patients holistically. Utilizing Orem's theory of self care deficit, this project will demonstrate the growing need for rehabilitation services and the importance of all healthcare providers to understand the profession in general. In addition, this project will provide a resource tool to educate healthcare workers and others; students and non-licensed personnel, on the care and services patients receive during their stay in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF); thus enabling healthcare providers to recognize a potential rehab patient early in their acute care hospital stay and begin discussing rehab services and benefits with the patient and family more timely. Furthermore, the resource tool will provide acute care nurses with needed information to improve the patients' transition from acute care services to rehabilitation services while increasing their knowledge of rehabilitation nursing in general.

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