A task force appointed by the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing conducted a role delineation study to define current practice in neuroscience nursing. The results were used to validate the content matrix for future Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) examinations. The study employed a survey design for which the Nursing Intervention Classification taxonomy was the guiding theoretical framework. The eligible sample included all current CNRNs and all members of the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing. An invitation to participate in an online survey was successfully e-mailed to 2,462 neuroscience nurses; the survey was completed by 477 respondents. They rated the performance and importance of 175 neuroscience nursing activities. On the basis of data analysis conducted by Schroeder Measurement Technologies, Inc., the task force recommended revisions to the CNRN examination matrix to reflect current practice in neuroscience nursing.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Nancy Villanueva, PhD ARNP BC CNRN, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is a neurosurgical nurse practitioner at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL.
Hilaire Thompson, PhD APRN BC CNRN, is an assistant professor in biobehavioral nursing and health systems at the University of Washington-Seattle. At the time of the survey, she was a postdoctoral fellow in biobehavioral nursing and health systems at the University of Washington-Seattle and a staff nurse in an acute care neuroscience unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Brekk C. Macpherson, BSN RN CNRN, is a nurse educator in the intensive care unit at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Meridian, ID.
Kathleen E. Meunier, RN CNRN, is a staff nurse in neurology/neurosurgery ambulatory care at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Galesville, WI.
Edith Hilton, DSN PhD APRN BC, is a clinical nurse specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL.
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