Stroke rehabilitation and discharge planning
Peter Kerr Clinical nurse specialist in stroke, Acute Stroke Unit, Western Infirmary, Glasgow
Nurses play a pivotal role in the rehabilitation and discharge planning process of patients who have had a stroke. The nurse’s role in the wider stroke multidisciplinary team is complex and diverse and, as such, stroke nurses may find it hard to describe their role and how it fits into the rehabilitation and discharge planning process. A definition of the stroke nurse role in prominent publications such as those of the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and the Royal College of Physicians is lacking. This article emphasises the role of the stroke nurse in the rehabilitation and discharge planning process in the stroke unit, while highlighting the complexity, diversity and importance of this role in providing holistic care and support for patients who have survived a stroke. The author draws on his clinical experience of stroke nursing practice in primary, secondary and tertiary care in west central Scotland.
Nursing Standard. 27, 1, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.09.27.1.35.c9269Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review