Assess Staff Competencies with the ARN-CAT


The ARN Competencies Assessment Tool (ARN-CAT) is free to ARN members and contains 16 individual assessments, each targeting a specific skill or competency area critical to rehabilitation nursing.

Each assessment generates challenging knowledge- or scenario-based multiple choice questions with rationale and references provided for all correct answers. Users can complete each assessment as often as they wish. The ARN-CAT reports the number of user attempts and the last score earned. Whether you use it yourself or as part of staff training and evaluation, the ARN-CAT is the perfect resource to evaluate basic rehabilitation nursing skills and competencies.

Who Is the Appropriate User of the ARN-CAT?

Nurse Managers, Administrators, Educators, and Case Managers can evaluate staff competencies in the basic areas of rehabilitation nursing. The next time you need to provide evidence of competency to JCAHO, or to test your staff knowledge to meet internal goals, or to evaluate the proficiency of visiting or floating nurses make your job easy – when you use the ARN-CAT.

Assessments Cover

  • Autonomic Dysreflexia
  • Bladder Function
  • Bowel Function
  • Communication
  • Disability
  • Dysphagia
  • Gerontology
  • Musculoskeletal, Body Mechanics, Functional Transfer Techniques
  • Neuropathophysiology and Functional Assessment
  • Pain
  • Patient and Family Education
  • Pediatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Safe Patient Handling
  • Sexuality
  • Skin and Wound Care

Access the ARN-CAT

The ARN-CAT is a free resource to ARN members. Non-members and facilities can purchase a 1-year subscription beginning at $35 per user. Discounted multi-user packages are also available. If your facility is interested in purchasing a package, please contact ARN Member Services at 800.229.7530 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Members and non-members who have already purchased the ARN-CAT:

Access CAT in My Account

Non-members interested in purchasing individual access:

Buy the ARN-CAT in the Bookstore


If you are interested in purchasing a discounted multi-user package from ARN, please complete this form and return it to ARN via fax at 847.375.6481 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Does your facility already use the HealthStream learning management system? HealthStream has made the ARN-CAT available for purchase. Contact HealthStream at 615.301.3100 for more information including pricing and purchasing terms.

Resources for further education regarding Rehab Nursing Competencies can be found in our Bookstore.

Copyright © 2012 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. All Rights Reserved. This assessment tool is protected by copyright. No part of this assessment may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

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