Subacute/Transition Care Nurse

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Basic description

Subacute or transition care nurses care for patients who have skilled care needs after an acute illness or hospitalization. Care could be rendered in a rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility or in a designated unit of a health care facility.

Educational requirements

Registered nurse preparation and Basic Life Support certification are required.

Core competencies/skills needed

■ Medical and surgical nursing experience
■ Excellent assessment skills, and skill in the care of patients on intravenous therapy, ventilator, or tracheostomy
■ Strong computer and documentation skills
■ Ability to solve staffing difficulties when they arise
■ Ability to work in a dynamic unit where patient admission and discharges are high

Related Web site and professional organization

■ American Subacute Care Association (http://www.ahcancal.org/about_ahca/Pages/default.aspx)

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