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Keywords:

  • rehabilitation nursing;
  • nursing intervention

Summary

  • The nature of the therapeutic interventions of nurses in the care of stroke patients is at the core of the debate over the exact role of the nurse in patient rehabilitation.
  • The nature of that intervention is explored in the terms of previous writers in the area through a review of the English language literature published.
  • The main conclusion is that even though the number and quality of publications has increased significantly, the nature of the nurse's specific interventions are still vague with the result that Henderson's claim for nurses to be the ‘rehabilitator par excellence’ still lies unfulfilled.
  • This lack of precision enhances the possibility that the nature of the nurse's interventions will be defined and hence potentially constrained by other professionals.