Rehabilitation Nursing

Learn More About Rehabilitation Nursing

A male nurse wearing blue scrubs, a surgical face mask and medical glasses leaning against a counter.The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) is the professional organization that guides rehabilitation nursing practice. The ARN standards of practice and professionalism align with the American Nurses Association standards.

Rehabilitation nurses use their strong assessment and clinical skills to care for patients with serious and complex conditions related to their diagnosis. Rehabilitation nursing is a key part of an interprofessional team that makes a lifelong impact on patients and their families. The care is built around strong relationships and making a difference for a better future.

Rehabilitation nursing has its own specialty certification — Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®). These nurses demonstrate knowledge and understanding of all aspects of rehabilitation conditions and care as defined by the ARN. They can test for certification after meeting all ARN criteria.

Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital advocates for CRRN certification as soon as nurses are eligible. It sets a standard of excellence, and nurses report more satisfaction in their professional role as a result of achieving certification. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital supports certification with learning resources and financial benefits for eligible employees.