Rehab nursing comprises two nursing units at VCU. The
North 1 unit is a General Rehab unit that has a Spinal Cord
Injury Program and 27 beds. The North 2 unit is a
specialized, locked, structured unit for brain injury. North
2 has 14 beds. Nurses who work in rehab have the advantage
of being able to work on both units and gain experience in
all aspects of rehabilitation. Both the units admit
Pediatric patients who are greater than 100lbs and are 12
and over. The North 2 unit is a member of the TBI Model
Systems of Care.
The patient population served by rehab includes spinal
cord injured, stroke, traumatic brain injury, aneurysm,
brain tumors, metastatic disease, neurological diseases,
cardiac patients including the Left Ventricular Devise
patients, Polytrauma, amputation, solid organ transplant as
well as BMT (bone marrow transplant), HIV, orthopedic,
trauma, and a variety of medical diagnoses for patients who
are diabetic as well as dialysis patients. These patients
are generally fragile and medically complex. They need
tremendous support from rehab nursing to maintain their
stability and to attend therapy during the day shift.
Rehab nursing has the opportunity to care for a variety
of medical entities while assisting patients and families to
achieve independence in caring for themselves. Relationship
based care as a delivery system is promoted by the entire
interdisciplinary team. Therapeutic relationships and the
healing environment are actively sought by the rehab team.
Collaboration between nursing staff, patients, families,
interdisciplinary team members as well as the ancillary
support is highly regarded. Time for patient and family
education is provided by nursing for our patients.
Shared governance within nursing and in collaboration with
therapy is highly valued in rehab. Out staff is encouraged
to participate in all aspects of shared governance including
unit councils, departmental councils and hospital councils,
clinical ladder growth. And peer review.
Rehab nursing seeks individuals who believe in the power
of healing, therapeutic relationships with our patients and
families, our colleagues and each other as well as
ourselves. We seek team members who value collaboration, who
want to develop strong leadership skills, who delight in
exploring the evidence of why we practice certain ways and
who really care about their practice and their patients. We
hope that if you share these values you will join us on our
journey to improve the lives of the people we serve.