According to the white paper, rehabilitation nurses are defined by a unique skill set, which includes knowledge and understanding required to manage the care of patients with acute or chronic illnesses and conditions that cause disability. Their expertise in leading teams that develop and implement patient/family-centered interventions and evaluate outcomes is vital to providing the care these patients need, according to the paper.
- Involving rehabilitation nurses in national policy decisions, including as members of committees and technical expert panels.
- Conducting studies to evaluate the impact of rehabilitation nurses on the health care delivery system. Research funded by federal agencies that compares payments and quality models, and evaluates of value-based payment models.
- Including rehabilitation nurses on Technical Expert Panels that assess ideas for developing new care coordination measures, including transitional care, to evaluate the quality of care coordination for individuals with disabilities.