Development of Educational Programs in Rehabilitation Nursing

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  • Pamala D. Larsen MS RN

    Project Coordinator, Corresponding author
      Rehabilitation Nursing Grant, University of Northern Colorado, School of Nursing, Greeley, CO 80639
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Rehabilitation Nursing Grant, University of Northern Colorado, School of Nursing, Greeley, CO 80639

Abstract

Rehabilitation nursing education at the baccalaureate level and for practicing rural nurses is in high demand in Colorado. The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) established rehabilitation nursing courses that address both groups' needs. Through external funding provided by the U. S. Department of Education, UNC developed two rehabilitation nursing courses. A three-quarter-hour-credit course has been introduced for senior level students and community nurses. A post-employment course, consisting of one week of didactic and one week of clinical, trains LPNs and RNs in rural Colorado. The post-employment course was designed with data obtained from a detailed needs assessment. Evaluation and follow-up of trainees' use of rehabilitation nursing concepts are strong components of the course.

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