Operationalizing a Comprehensive Neurobehavioral Plan


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The formulation and implementation of a workable and effective plan of care for the complex rehabilitation patient are nursing challenges. Even more challenging, however, is putting the plan into operation over a 24-hour period. Staffing variations, patients' circadian rhythms, and visiting hours are only a few of the factors that require consideration when formulating a viable plan of care. The purpose of this article is to discuss strategies that have been effective in providing consistent, safe, therapeutic care for the patient population on a 39-bed neurobehavioral unit that treats mostly individuals with traumatic brain injuries.