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Subacute Nurse

A Subacute Nurse looks after seriously ill or injured patients who require 24-hour care for a short period of time.
Required Education
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll provide goal-oriented care for patients of all ages, but frequently the elderly, until they are stable enough to be moved to a lower level of care.
Nursing bag, medication, and signs cartoon graphic
What you’ll do


You’ll keep a close eye on your patients throughout the day, checking and recording vital signs and performing physical examinations.


You’ll use life-saving equipment like defibrillators and ventilator support.


You’ll care for wounds, help manage pain, administer medication, perform daily hygiene tasks, and develop care plans.

Where you’ll work
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Subacute units
How to become a Subacute Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse.

Gain experience in Acute Care and taking continuing education courses in Rehabilitation and Pharmacology.


You’re ready to work as a Subacute Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Subacute Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
A Telemetry Nurse’s role is also structured.
A Rehabilitation Nurse is another type of long-term care nurse.
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