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Nursing certifications: What do I need to be a nurse at Brooks Rehabilitation?

Clinical Expertise

Aug 4, 2021

Medical Reviewer: Joanne Hoertz, RN, MSN, CRRN
Last Updated: November 17, 2022

What is nursing specialty certification?

Specialty certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in maintaining high standards of care for patients and families. Nursing has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to the general practice of nursing, the knowledge-intensive requirements of specialty nursing requires extensive education and a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.


Brooks nurses are dedicated to providing safe, high-quality and patient-centered care.

Do you want to work at Brooks Rehabilitation?

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Does post-acute care offer nursing certification?

Brooks Rehabilitation encourages certification for all of its nurses. Many nursing certifications exist that are relevant to post acute care, such as rehabilitation (CRRN), wound care (WCC), heart failure, medical-surgical and case management.

What if I do not have a nursing license, degree or I am not a certified nursing assistant?

At Brooks, we are looking for compassionate individuals who are willing to be trained and serve as patient care attendants (PCAs) to provide direct resident care under the supervision and direction of a nurse. The PCA serves as an invaluable link between a resident and the nursing care team. If you are looking for a career in improving the quality of life for our residents, we would love to speak with you to help you learn more.

Following completion of an 8-hour training program, you will be ready to assist nursing team members by completing selected allowable duties such as assisting with activities of daily living or providing companionship to our residents in our assisted living and long-term care settings.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with select resident activities of daily living (oral care, bathing, dressing, meals, toileting)
  • Maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for patients
  • Obtaining resident temperatures

Also, we will help you to obtain your nursing assistant certification! This is just the first step that will open many doors for you and provides a stepping stone to get started on a career path in healthcare or caregiving. Join us for a truly rewarding experience.


Our nurses promote patients’ highest level of participation in rehabilitation.

Ready to work at Brooks?

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Medical Reviewer

Joanne Hoertz, RN, MSN, CRRN

Senior Vice President for Nursing and System Chief Nursing Officer
Joanne S. Hoertz, RN, MSN, CRRN, currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Nursing and System Chief Nursing Officer at Brooks Rehabilitation. In this role, she collaboratively provides the clinical, financial and administrative responsibility for nursing services with local nurse leaders across all of the Brooks Rehabilitation locations. Ms. Hoertz has been practicing nursing for over 30 years. She has been working in the specialty area of Rehabilitation Nursing for over 28 years and in the senior nurse leader/nurse executive role of an organization for the past 20 years. Ms. Hoertz has progressed from a trauma staff nurse through the many positions and levels of nursing management and leadership over the years. In these roles she has lead teams through patient care redesign, Magnet designation, various state, local and specialty organization certifications/ accreditations and created new leadership teams.
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