Neuroscience Nurse Career
The Journal of Neuroscience Nursing broadly defines a neuroscience nurse as a nurse that provides care in preventing neurological injuries or illnesses, caring for patients living with or affected by a neurological illness. More so, as defined by a publication by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), neuroscience nurses address the needs and care of patients with biological, psychologica, social, and spiritual alterations as a result of a nervous system dysfunction.
Conditions that neuroscience nurses may expect to encounter and treat include strokes, traumatic brain injuries, intracranial bleeding, paraplegia, quadriplegia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Specific job duties may include administering tests and medicine, monitoring neurological activity, post-operative recovery, keeping accurate patient records and communicating and informing other medical staff of the patient’s condition.
Neuroscience Nurse Education
To become a certified neuroscience registered nurse, you must at least have earned a RN license. To become an RN, it is required to pursue and complete an approved nursing degree program. This may vary state to state as some will allow an associates level education but others require a bachelor's degree.
- Earn your MS in Nursing in as few as 19 months
- Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
- Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice
- Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
- Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study
- Prepares RNs to pursue board certification as family nurse practitioners
- Earn a CCNE-accredited MSN in as few as 21 months
- Choose from part-time and full-time study options
Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse Certification
There are two certifications offered by the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN) in relation to neuroscience nursing:
- Two years of full-time (4,160 hours) practice in neuroscience nursing, plus 75 continuing education hours or;
- Two years part-time (2,500 hours) practice in neuroscience nursing, plus 100 continuing education hours.
- Two years of full-time (4,160 hours) practice in caring for stroke patients in the last five years, plus 50 continuing education hours or;
- Two years part-time (2,500 hours) practice in caring for stroke patients in the last five years, plus 75 continuing education hours.
Information for the ABNN certifications was last retrieved in February 2020. For the most up-to-date information, refer to the ABNN website.
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