I am a nurse, certified in Case Management (CCM) and Rehab nursing (CRRN) working with patients recovering from CVA in our Outpatient Day Rehab Program. The Day Rehab Program is where patients are scheduled to receive individual physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology (PT/OT/SLP) therapy, group PT/OT/SLP therapy, activity therapy and community re-entry. My primary job is to monitor the patients' medical status, and typically provide a nursing assessment on admission along with weekly vital checks. I meet with the patients and caregivers to teach then about stroke, risk factors, healthy eating, depression, blood pressure control and cholesterol monitoring.
Additionally, I am involved in helping our patients with numerous community resources. Some patients may benefit from our Brain Injury Services Clubhouse and our Department of Rehab Services for Vocational Rehab. I conduct family conferences, and work with the patient and caregiver with transitioning them to "move on" out of our Day Rehab Program. I continue to see my patients once discharged. I stay involved with our monthly stroke support group, and try and keep everyone positive and show them how they are helping us teach others about strokes.
I have been working with stroke survivors and caregivers for over 8 yrs and love being able to help other with my years of experience. I sometimes think I get too excited about my job, but I see the need for education. My patients come to us ready to learn, and it is so rewarding to see the difference we can make, even though each person presents us with different challenges.
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