ERIC Number: ED414482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
New Directions in Rehabilitation: Exploring the Nursing Contribution. Researching Professional Education. Research Reports Series Number 6.
Nolan, Mike; Booth, Andrew; Nolan, Janet
A literature review and curriculum analysis focused on the nurse's role in rehabilitation within the multidisciplinary team. Phase 1 addressed a generic nursing rehabilitative role. Phase 2 considered the nurse's role in rehabilitation in specific conditions. The review process revealed a lack of consensus on the definition and purpose of rehabilitation and highlighted a number of tensions with regard to current practice. Multi- and interdisciplinary teamwork were presented as the best way of organizing care, but evidence for their actual effectiveness was limited. The literature suggested the current generic nursing role in rehabilitation was underdeveloped and seen as secondary to that of the therapy disciplines. Nursing input was confined to distinct areas: maintenance of patients' physical well-being by attention to basic care needs; a specialist role in areas such as continence promotion and skin care; reinforcing the input of others; and creating and sustaining a suitable environment for rehabilitation. Both rehabilitation practice and the nurse's role were relatively impoverished, but there was considerable potential to improve the situation through adopting a more holistic conceptualization of rehabilitation recognizing the need to incorporate a longitudinal element reflecting the concerns of users and carers over time. Course curricula failed to give systematic consideration to issues related to chronic illness/disability and to a generic or a specific nursing role within rehabilitation. (Contains 410 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interprofessional Relationship, Long Term Care, Medical Services, Nurses, Nursing, Nursing Education, Postsecondary Education, Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Centers, Teamwork, Therapy
English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, Publications Department, Victory House, 170 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 0HA, England, United Kingdom (17 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, London.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)