Skilled nursing services refer to a type of healthcare service that is provided by licensed nurses to patients who require specialized care or treatment. This type of care is usually offered in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living communities, and other certified locations. Skilled nursing care is regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Skilled nursing care is typically provided during a limited time, often after a hospital stay, to assist patients in recovering from a sickness or injury. The goal of this nursing is to help patients regain their physical abilities and self-sufficiency so they can return to their normal daily activities. Skilled nursing staff includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, speech/language pathologists, licensed vocational nurses, audiologists, and medical directors.

Skilled nursing care can take many forms, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, wound care, intravenous (IV) therapy, injections, and monitoring of vital signs and medical equipment . Skilled nursing providers can also offer support with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, medication reminders, bathing, dressing, and getting out of bed.