Nursing at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital


Compassionate and expert care from the largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Washington, D.C.

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MedStar NRH) is the largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the mid-Atlantic region, and the only specialty hospital in the MedStar Health system Nationally ranked as one of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Our top-rated physicians, therapists and nurses bring together the best in rehabilitation care, research, education and training, assistive technology, and advocacy. As a result, we're prepared to treat any injury and help patients rebuild their lives after a serious injury or illness. Our Centers of Excellence are here to help treat persons with disabilities and chronic disabling conditions including:

  • Amputation Rehabilitation
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Disease Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation

At MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MedStar NRH), our Centers of Excellence fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This designation means the programs have met rigorous guidelines for service and quality. In addition, MedStar NRH is a designated center of excellence in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) care, one of 18 nationally recognized SCI Model Systems. This recognition highlights our position as a national leader in both specialty care and in medical research.

Why Work Here?

Adding Life to Years…

All of our resources are dedicated to “Adding Life to Years®”—and that’s our critical difference. While acute care is extending people’s lives, our goal is to make sure that people achieve their maximum level of function and independence to thrive when they return to home, work, and life. We have been committed to this goal for decades—and have helped improve the lives of thousands of people with disabilities. In an interdisciplinary practice environment, we focus on the whole person, helping patients meet the challenges they face physically, medically, and socially, allowing them to reach the highest level of health and independence possible.

Our practice environment provides the supports and resources needed to make that possible, including:

  • A robust shared governance model in which staff councils facilitate professional development and have a direct impact on practice
  • A rewarding clinical ladder
  • Financial support for advanced certification
  • Tuition reimbursement program for education and conferences
  • Work schedule flexibility to accommodate our educational needs
  • A comprehensive new graduate residency program
  • Direct access to the Chief Nursing Officer and executive leadership through regular rounding and open forum meetings
  • A “just culture” that emphasizes shared accountability
  • An emphasis on individual decision making, empowered by clearly outlined priorities


Outstanding care deserves outstanding benefits and rewards. MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital nurses are integral to all that we do, and we are grateful for their talent and drive. In addition to our competitive salaries and collaborative work environment, we offer Total Rewards package to show our appreciation to our associates and their families.

  • No shift rotation
  • Opportunity to participate in shared governance councils
  • Online access to Nursing Spectrum CE Direct at no cost
  • Flexible, unit-based self-scheduling
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Tax deferred savings plan - 403b
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Six paid holidays per year
  • Three personal holidays a year
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care
  • Employee Assistance Program including ongoing Wellness Programs
  • Direct deposit


Patient Safety

We are committed to the highest standards of patient safety and professionalism. To this end, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital has embraced a High Reliability Organization (HRO) framework. HRO hospitals offer a proactive safety model focused on anticipation and prevention of potential problems. Each highly-trained member of our staff is a key part of our safety success.

This focus on consistent excellence extends to our Interdisciplinary Model of Care (IMOC). This model structures our collaborative care approach. As a teaching hospital, open communication and consistency are extremely important. Check-list based multidisciplinary rounds, physician/nurse bedside rounding, and dedicated time at the patient’s bedside allow for reliability and efficiency, as well as relationship-based compassionate care.

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital is committed to providing our nursing staff with an innovative and supportive practice environment where they can thrive and grow while providing expert patient care. Exceptional nursing is at the core of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital mission.

Magnet Journey

At MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, we strive for excellence. We are on the journey to achieve Magnet Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a designation that highlights excellence in nursing practice. Collaborative governance empowers nurses to influence decisions and solve problems that affect their nursing practice, their professional

development and self-fulfillment, and their work environment utilizing evidence-based practice and research.


Build Your Nursing Career

Our Nursing Opportunities

For experienced nurses

With an average length of stay of 17 days, you will establish relationships with patients and their families and will to see progress made. The power of the human spirit will be observed first-hand while you will be reminded of the why you entered the nursing profession, “to help people.”

New graduate nurses

Kick your career into high gear. Our program provides an opportunity to develop your clinical and leadership skills in a supportive, hands-on environment.

Licensed Practical Nurses

Join as the newest member of our nursing care team and work alongside all of the interdisciplinary team members to provide nursing care while pursuing your RN degree with support.

Student nurses

Students gain valuable, hands-on experience that sets them apart. Our paid externship helps nursing students discover new nursing specialties through paid shadow days.