Donald Kautz, PhD RN CNRN CRRN-A, is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro School of Nursing, Adult Health Department.
Inspiring Hope in Our Rehabilitation Patients, Their Families, and Ourselves
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2008 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 148–153, July-August 2008
How to Cite
Kautz, D. (2008), Inspiring Hope in Our Rehabilitation Patients, Their Families, and Ourselves. Rehabilitation Nursing, 33: 148–153. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2008.tb00220.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- chronic pain management;
- enhancing intimacy;
- inspiring hope;
- patient-staff relationships;
- rehabilitation nursing interventions
When confronted with a devastating disability or chronic illness, rehabilitation nurses play a key role in inspiring hope for patients and their families. This article examines strategies nurses can implement in everyday practice: creating an environment of hope in a rehabilitation unit; assisting patients to manage their negative feelings about their disability; relieving chronic neuropathic pain; sustaining patient relationships with staff and family; helping patients to forgive themselves and others; enhancing patient intimacy with others; using literature to promote hope; acknowledging a patient's belief that nothing is impossible; using humor therapeutically; and maintaining hope for the moment. It is the moment—the time we spend with our patients—that is essential. In that moment, we are promoting hope.