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Highlights from the September/October Issue of RNJ

If you are an ARN member or a Rehabilitation Nursing Journal (RNJ) subscriber, you should soon receive your September/October 2020 issue in the mail. Check out a preview of three great articles that will be gracing the pages of this issue, or visit the journal online to read the full issue.

Development of an Instrument to Assess Stroke Caregivers' Readiness for the Transition Home
You are getting ready to discharge a stroke survivor home after a stay in your IRF. However, you're concerned that the family caregiver might not be prepared for the responsibility. Camicia and colleagues have developed a stroke specific instrument to determine a caregiver's readiness to provide care. Read how the authors developed the instrument and how it might be used in your facility. Read Development of an Instrument to Assess Stroke Caregivers' Readiness for the Transition Home.

Constructing Recovery Narratives: Experiences and Expectations Following SCI
The narratives of patients and families with spinal cord injury tell the story of how people make sense of the injury and the rehab experience. Reading these stories provides insight for the rehabilitation nurse to better understand the illness experience from the patient and family perspective– which in turn – can help identify nursing interventions to assist in those experiences. Read Constructing Recovery Narratives: Experiences and Expectations Following SCI.

What Types of Physical Function Predict Program Adherence in Older Adults
Patient adherence to an exercise program is a long-standing issue. What do you know about adherence? How can we, as nurses, influence adherence in older adults? Are there indicators that might predict adherence? Liu and Miyawaki describe the nationwide EnhanceFitness program (36,000+ participants) and identify the association of participants' function in three baseline physical function tests and adherence to the program. Read What Types of Physical Function Predict Program Adherence in Older Adults.

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