Newswise — CHICAGO (November 6, 2019): The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) just released the 8th edition of The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing: A Core Curriculum. The latest edition of the Core has 25 chapters of content from across the breadth of the specialty compiled and reviewed by 66 experts. There is no more comprehensive reference on the specialty of rehab nursing.

The 8th edition Core Curriculum has case studies, diagrams, and tables to use on the job, as well as detailed information on how to assess patients and lead care interventions. It crosses all care settings and patient populations, and is an ideal tool for the following settings:

  • acute and post-acute care
  • community health organizations
  • skilled nursing homes
  • case management
  • research facilities
  • academia
  • clinics.

The Core Curriculum is a valuable resource for rehabilitation professionals in all aspects of health care. ARN Member and (one of 16) author(s) of the 8th edition Core Raquel Neves, BSN RN MSN CRRN, says, “[This edition of the Core is] inspiring, engaging and very useful … different and refreshing … I highly recommend it to any nurse who is guiding patients and families along their recovery journey.”

The Core provides a framework for certification, covering pivotal content outline topics, and is the perfect study guide for the CRRN Certification exam. This resource provides salient information for nurse leaders and administrators, including case managers in healthcare organizations regarding health policy and finance, quality improvement, and transitions of care. New chapter topics include:

  • evidence-based bowel and bladder management
  • cancer care and rehabilitation
  • disaster and mass casualty preparedness, response, and recovery
  • the Competency Model for Professional Rehabilitation Nursing’s application to practice.

8th Edition Core Editor Stephanie Vaughn, PhD RN CRRN FAHA, states in her preface, “This exciting new edition of the Core is written in a narrative format versus the traditional outline and is divided into three sections, providing the reader with insightful current information about rehabilitation nursing practice … Many of the new Core’s authors are seasoned leaders in the field of rehabilitation and rehabilitation nursing; however this Core also touts new authors, all representing different settings and different populations, including clinical practice in acute, post-acute, and ambulatory care; Department of Veterans Affairs; and academia. The overarching goal of this edition is to provide a salient rehabilitation nursing resource for the beginner and the advanced nurse in practice.”




Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)

ARN is a professional organization dedicated to promoting and advancing professional rehabilitation nursing practice through education, advocacy, certification, collaboration, and research to support rehabilitation nurses and enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability and chronic illness. For more information about ARN, please visit or call 800.229.7530.