Acute Rehabilitation Nursing
The 76-bed Rehabilitation Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a highly specialized unit within this acute care hospital. The Rehabilitation Center is made up of three separate and mutually supporting units devoted to the care of their patients. Rehabilitation nursing at SCVMC provides an opportunity to participate in the whole spectrum of rehabilitation nursing including stroke and general rehabilitation.
Brain Injury Unit
The Brain Injury Unit is a 40-bed unit with patients who may have sustained head injuries, strokes or other neuromuscular disorders as well as medical-surgical conditions requiring rehabilitation. A comprehensive brain injury program that includes post-discharge community support is offered. The environment in this unit offers several unique challenges to the professional nurse.
Rehabilitation Trauma Unit
The Rehabilitation Trauma Unit is an eight-bed acute transitional care unit for patients with acute spinal cord and/or brain injuries. Many of these patients come to this unit within hours after their injury. This unit is very innovative and the only one of its kind in the United States.
Spinal Cord Injury Unit
The Spinal Cord Injury Unit is a 30-bed unit providing comprehensive support for the emotional and physical needs of patients with acute spinal cord injuries. The unit also includes a four-bed ventilator-dependent quadriplegic unit (VDQ), one of the very few in the United States. These patients include a high percentage of young, motivated people who expect to return to their communities as independent as possible. The staff here works to help rebuild family dynamics during the first critical months following an injury.