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More intensive than long-term care, and less intensive than acute care, Subacute Nurses provide goal-oriented treatment for patients with AIDS, brain injuries, and more. As a Subacute Nurse, you’ll treat patients in need of 24-hour supervision, in subacute units of a hospital, or in a long-term care facility. You can treat patients of all ages, however the majority will be elderly.

Things You'll Do:

  • Wound and pain management
  • IV therapy
  • Ventilator support

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • You’ll need experience in acute care, taking continuing education courses in rehabilitation and pharmacology.
  • Become a
    Subacute Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Subacute units in hospitals
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Long-term care facilities

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • This specialty is a newer addition to nursing, and is expected to grow as the older US population increases.
    • Subacute nurses help keep healthcare costs down since patients aren’t kept as long in a more expensive acute care setting.

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