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Name: Neuroscience Nurse
Description: Cares for individuals who have a dysfunction of the nervous system including alterations in consciousness and cognition, communication, mobility, rest and sleep, sensation, and sexuality; plans and implements interventions to support bodily functions, promote healing, encourage adaptation to persistent neurological difficulties, and teaches patients and families about the illness
Diagnoses: Brain/spinal cord neoplasm, head/spinal cord trauma, seizures, cerebral vascular accidents
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse case manager, head nurse, supervisor, coordinator, director, executive
Characteristics: Patient care and relationships, seeing patients improve, new technology and trends, autonomy, making a difference
Client age group: Adults, aged, children including infants
Drawbacks: Grief, difficult-to-manage patients, physical demands, and caregiver stress, conflicts, and pressure
Desirable skills: People skills, patience, tact, and understanding, psychological and physical stamina, flexibility, medical-surgical skills especially assessment
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers: Hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, clinics
Associations:
American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
4700 W. Lake Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60025
847-375-4733
 
American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses
75-20 Astoria Blvd.
Jackson Heights, NY 11370-1177
718-803-3782
Publications:
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
 
AANN Synapse Newsletter
312-993-0043
 
SCI Nursing Journal
718-803-3782