Foundations Module 3.5: Patient and Family Education and Coordination

This course includes two recorded videos. You will need to review all of this course content, then receive a 70% or higher passing grade on a quiz, and lastly complete an evaluation to receive your certificate and complete this course. You will have access to this course for 1 year, starting on the purchase date.

Patient and Family Education is a key facet of rehabilitation nursing. Families are an integral part of who our patients are and they are an integral part of the rehabilitation team; including them in the education process is a high priority. This course will guide you through the concepts and practical application of patient and family education and coordination.

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify key theories of behavior and learning
  • Contrast teaching methods for the stages of development
  • Discuss teaching strategies for patients with disability/chronic illness
  • Apply the teaching–learning process to rehabilitation
  • Assess patients’ readiness to learn patient learning
  • Recognize barriers to learning
  • Discuss common family theories
  • Identify developmental tasks for families
  • Describe the components of a comprehensive family assessment
  • Discuss how rehab nurses can assist in moving a family toward cohesion and unity
  • Identify strategies for maintaining and/or restoring family coping ability, facilitating hope and forgiveness.
  • Impact health policy for persons with disability and/or chronic illness
  • Identify names and purposes of standard regulatory and accrediting agencies, such as CARF, JC, CMS, and Magnet
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the power of health policy in the provision of care to clients and families living with disability and/or chronic illness


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  • 1.75 CNE
    ANCC The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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Margi Williams PhD, RN, MSN, CRRN, FNP-BC, FABDA, FARN is a clinical nurse on the acute pediatric Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, GA. She is an early childhood intervention researcher and inventor of a therapy device. In addition, she is a Nurse Practitioner working with adults with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders in the group home community setting. Her interests include early childhood intervention, working with patients with cognitive and neurologic disorders, patient/family education for those with literacy challenges and transitioning from pediatric to adult care. She has been a rehab nurse for over 35 years and an active ARN member for over 30 years. She has given numerous conference presentations and authored several publications, including rehabilitation nursing guidelines.



Donald D. Kautz, RN, PhD, (CRRN from 1988 to 2018) is a retired, proud rehab nurse and has over 30 years of experience in rehabilitation nursing, has published extensively and presented at local, regional, national, and internationally on the role of the rehab nurse. He has worked on spinal cord, stroke, head injury, and general rehab units, in outpatient clinics and in a chronic pain program. He has taught rehab concepts for many years and has had the privilege of coauthoring with other nurses over 100 journal articles and several book chapters on a wide variety of topics, including general rehabilitation nursing, working with families, addressing spiritual and sexual concerns, and inspiring hope in our patients, their families, and ourselves. Don is a frequent speaker at rehab nursing meetings, has served on the editorial board of Rehabilitation Nursing, and has been a frequent grant reviewer for the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation. 



Mary Ullrich, MSN, RN, CRRN

Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN

None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Notice of requirements to receive contact hours:

1.75 Nursing Contact Hours will be awarded for individuals who participate in the full activity and complete the post-evaluation for the activity. The ability to view or accept credit for this product expires on 7/2/2024.

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Available Credit

  • 1.75 CNE
    ANCC The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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