Expert Nursing Staff Bring Skill and Compassion to Patients
CNS has highly skilled nursing staff. Proficient and focused on the injury and goals, these experienced professionals are part of the team providing oversight and assistance to patients, depending on their program. Their certifications may include: Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, and Licensed Vocational Nurse. Many are Certified Brain Injury Specialists as well, and have a history of working with those who have endured a brain injury. Their expertise covers:
- Wound care
- Medication support
- Neuroendocrine function
- Family training
- Dietary services
- Treatment of various co-morbidities, such as :
- Diabetes, cardiac conditions, orthopedic injuries, cancer, gastrointestinal challenges, etc.
CNS nurses are vitally important to treatment. In partnership with staff physicians and neurologists, they collaborate with case managers, therapists, the family, and–when needed–specialists in the community to ensure medical needs are met. For those in the inpatient, modified inpatient, assisted or supported living programs, nursing and physician support is provided 24/7. For those in the day treatment and outpatient program, nursing services can be provided during their scheduled therapy times if followed by a CNS physician.
Once a patient is admitted, the nursing staff gathers necessary medical information to assist the treatment team and patient as they begin their therapy journey. Depending on the program type, an in-depth medical history and examination may be necessary to ensure promotion of continued progress and ensure follow up with primary medical concerns. This information is updated frequently as the patient progresses. Nurses follow the patient’s health status and discuss changes with staff. If a medical specialist is required for an identified need, nurses work with professionals in the community to help patients receive care. CNS has an extensive network of providers that nurses access for consultations, appointments, and recommendations.
Nurses often meet with families to provide education, training and support, medication administration and management, medical appointments and recommended health practices. For patients transitioning closer to home who still suffer from various long term health issues, referrals can be established for ongoing care needs.