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The Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse in Neuroscience Nursing: Results of the 2006 AANN Membership Survey

Villanueva, Nancy; Blank-Reid, Cynthia; Stewart-Amidei, Chris; Cartwright, Cathy C.; Haymore, Joseph; Jones, Rich W.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: April 2008 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 119–124

The need for a scope of practice for advanced practice neuroscience nurses was identified by the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) in 2006. A task force consisting of advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists) was commissioned by AANN and charged with the development of the document. Current information regarding the practices of advanced practice neuroscience nurses was needed as the task force began to develop this document. To best obtain this information, an electronic survey was created and distributed to advanced practice nurses within the AANN database. The survey questions included basic demographic data and sought information regarding activities and procedures performed by the advanced practice nurse. The results of this survey clearly reflect the diversity in practice and the integral role advanced practice neuroscience nurses play in the management of patients' care.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Nancy Villanueva, PhD CRNP BC CNRN, She is a neurosurgical nurse practitioner at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA.

Cynthia Blank-Reid, MSN RN CEN, is a trauma clinical nurse specialist at Temple University Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Chris Stewart-Amidei, MSN RN CNRN, is the former editor of the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. She is currently an instructor at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Cathy C. Cartwright, MSN RN PCNS, is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist at University of Missouri Health Care, Columbia, MO.

Joseph Haymore, MS RN CNRN CCRN ACNP, is a neurosurgery and neurocritical care nurse practitioner at Neurocare Associates, Silver Spring, MD.

Rich W. Jones, BSN PNP CNRN RNFA, is a nurse practitioner in the office of Jeffrey Cone, MD, Amarillo, TX.

© 2008 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses