Sandra K. Janzen, MS RN NEA-BC, is associate director of patient care/nursing services at James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL.
Nursing Leadership Collaboration for Rehabilitation of Polytrauma Patients
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2008 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 33, Issue 6, pages 242–248, November-December 2008
How to Cite
Janzen, S. K. and Mugler, A. S. N. (2008), Nursing Leadership Collaboration for Rehabilitation of Polytrauma Patients. Rehabilitation Nursing, 33: 242–248. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2008.tb00235.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- blast injuries;
- millennium generation;
This article describes a variety of nursing issues that emerged over a 3-year period on polytrauma rehabilitation nursing units and the leadership roles and strategies that were used to meet the rehabilitation needs of newly injured servicemembers who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Nursing's leadership responsibilities focus on three primary areas: patient advocacy, family centeredness, and advocacy for staff. Collaboration among the four national polytrauma rehabilitation centers (PRCs) run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has enhanced the skill set for nursing staff members. These rehabilitation nurses possess the strong skills necessary to assess complex patient cases involving blast injuries, as well as strengthened interpersonal competencies in family dynamics, family education, and team function.