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Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours: Contact hours are no longer offered for this course.


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Pricing & Licensure

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Single UNIT License: $595

  • A unit license covers all staff of a single inpatient unit of 0-30 Beds for the life of the course.

Unit, multi-unit and facility pricing/licensure is determined by number of beds. Contact us if your unit has more than 30 beds or if you are interested in multi-unit or facility pricing. For more information on licensure, go to


Course Description

Rehab Nursing Series Course 9

Focus: Promoting Functional Gains in Mobility Skills

Mobility is not simply about getting a patient from place A to place B. It is about improving strength, coordination, and endurance while reducing risks and avoiding the development of bad habits that can lead to future decline in function or injury.

This course uses a case study approach to help the rehab nurse learn principles and strategies for coordinating care with therapy staff to facilitate planned progression in functional mobility. Special emphasis is given to the problems of falls risk, activity intolerance, flaccidity, and spasticity, introducing the nurse to techniques used to promote function rather than just slinging a patient from one place to the next..


Course Chapters

Chapter 1 Overview

The nursing team has an important role in actively coordinating care with therapy staff to support the patient's ability to move in bed, transfer, and move through the environment to the desired location.Identification of the cause of mobility limitations in care plans points all team members to the most appropriate interventions.

  • What is the type of problem that limits each patient's mobility?

Chapter 2 Mobility Anatomy & Physiology

Neuroplasticity plays a key role in the recovery of motor skills following neurological injury. The brain learns patterns of movement through repetition and practice. A review of neuromuscular function lays a foundation for implementing care strategies used to maximize functional mobility.

  • How does recovery of motor skills occur?

  • What is the difference between central and peripheral neurological problems?

  • What health care issues are impacted by the amount and quality of muscle tissue fibers?

Chapter 3 Assessment of Mobility

Safety is always first and patients are at risk for changing at any point in time. Learners watch Anna assess Ben in preparation for moving him, reviewing assessment tools and critiquing her assessment of fall's risk and functional ability.

  • Is this patient safe on his feet?

Chapter 4 Facilitating Functional Recovery

There is simply not enough practice if nurses are not involved. Care starts with therapeutic positioning and active involvement of the patient in transitional activities during daily care. This chapter uses Ben's situation as an example to show strategies for promoting functional skill development, reinforcing the interdisciplinary work of the team. Job aids for positioning are provided and can be posted as needed.

  • What components of care improve functional mobility?

  • What strategies support tolerance to increasing activity?

  • What positioning and repositioning strategies promote function?

Chapter 5 Promoting Functional Mobility

Coordinated efforts by the rehabilitation team provide the experiences and environmental cues that facilitate recovery. The rehabilitation team provides a safety net, protecting the patient from injury or risk while providing maximum exposure of movement in normal situations through repetition and rehearsal.

  • What does bed mobility have to do with transfers and ambulation?

  • What are the component of transfers that improve functional mobility?

  • What components of ambulation promote safety and function?

Chapter 6 How do I...?

This special section of this course reviews therapeutic strategies for assisting patients to move up in bed, come to sit, transfer, use a sliding board, and walk. Video examples are included.

Chapter 7 Posttest

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of participating in this activity, the learner will be able to pass the posttest with a score of 80% or better, demonstrating knowledge of:

  • Normal physiology and pathophysiology of movement.

  • Principles of exercise and motor recovery, and ways to apply these principles to functional mobility activities (i.e. bed positioning and movement, transfers, sit-to-stand, and ambulation).

  • Common interventions and care strategies used by the team to promote functional mobility.

Contact hours no longer will be provided for this course after October 1, 2019.If you would like to provide contact hours for this course at your site, contact us at for the details of the Mergener formula.

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