Internal Vocational Rehabilitation
Internal vocational rehabilitation has been identified as an approach which could be implemented when it is identified that an injured and / or ill nurse cannot return to their pre-injury role.
Internal vocational rehabilitation is where an employer makes a commitment to supporting and assisting injured nurses to remain with their pre-injury employer in a new role.
To be effective, it requires agreement between key stakeholders (medical practitioner, employer and injured and/or ill nurse (with support from their union)) that alternative nursing employment opportunities should be identified. Career counselling is utilised to identify career opportunities aligned with the medical restrictions. The employer needs to be committed to assisting and supporting training and practical development for this new role. The employer may create a new permanent role, and/or provide the opportunity for a limited period to assist in gaining practical development in a new and/or existing vacant role before advertising the role.
Vocational rehabilitation in this context is not about solely determining if an injured nurse is employable but about assisting injured nurses remain within the nursing profession.
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