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.
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)