Hospitals can be sterile, dull and often lonely places to be. Many patients would do anything to be able to return home, but medical conditions make it difficult for them to live at home and fulfill day-to-day activities. However, programs in which restorative nurses aid recovering patients in restoring everyday skills and rebuilding confidence are available.
Patients who have recovered from a debilitating illness and wish to return home often want to do whatever it takes to return life back to normal. However, health problems often make this transition back to everyday life challenging. The restorative nurse provides nursing skills to patients who are primarily focused on rehabilitation. This nurse provides the patient with information needed in order to take care of oneself, such as nutritional, medicinal and physical therapy information. In many cases, the patient has to relearn how to complete activities such as getting dressed and bathing. In addition to helping patients learn these skills, the restorative nurse needs to help patients become more fully aware of potential injuries that they can receive when carrying out certain activities due to their conditions. The restorative nurse must examine the difficulties that the patient is having and must determine how these difficulties can be overcome, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.
Restorative nurses are certified nurse assistants (CNA). Nursing assistants receive their education from clinics and vocational and community colleges. While a restorative nurse does not have to receive any specific certification beyond the certification needed to be a certified nurse assistant, in 2010, states such as Missouri were considering creating an additional training program for restorative nurses.
Restorative nurses need good interpersonal skills because they often need to console patients and provide emotional support, since many patients suffer from low self-esteem as a result of being debilitated by their conditions. Much of restorative nursing focuses on helping patients build confidence in their abilities to return life to normal.
The number of nurse assistants employed in 2008 was 1.5 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between 2008 and 2018, the need for nursing assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent. This growth will be driven by an aging baby boomer population that will need increased medical care.
Nurse assistants are paid hourly wages, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median hourly wages for nurse assistants in 2008 were $11.46. The highest 10 percent earned more than $15.97, and the lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.34.
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