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Using Rehabilitation Theory to Teach Medical-Surgical Nursing to Undergraduate Students


  • Leslie Jean Neal PhD RNC CRRN

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    • Leslie Jean Neal is an assistant professor of nursing at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Dr. Neal specializes in home health and rehabilitation theory.

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Medical-surgical nursing has been taught at the undergraduate level using several approaches (Bocchi, Pessuto, & Dell'Aqua, 1996; Hinzman, 1996). Although a review of the literature indicates that nursing schools have had some success offering classes that focus on rehabilitation principles and theory, there is no literature about medical-surgical nursing that is taught from a rehabilitation perspective. This article describes an undergraduate medical-surgical nursing course that teaches students how to care for the chronically ill using rehabilitation theory and principles.