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Reflections on 50 Years of Neuroscience Nursing

Publication Trends in Neurotrauma

McNett, Molly; Keiser, Megan; Douglas, Heather; McNair, Norma D.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: April 2018 - Volume 50 - Issue 2 - p 58–61
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000320

ABSTRACT In 2018, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses will celebrate its 50th anniversary as the premier member organization for neuroscience nurses. In recent decades, one of the highest rated member benefits has been the ability for members to join special focus groups (SFGs). The SFGs were initiated to allow an avenue for information sharing and communication for neuroscience nurses in a variety of subspecialties. In this anniversary edition, the neurotrauma SFG presents a review of trends in the publication of articles in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing related to neurotrauma. Findings from this article illustrate how these publications have impacted the nursing care of patients who have sustained traumatic injuries of the central and peripheral nervous system and the integral role of neuroscience nurses throughout the decades.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Molly McNett, PhD RN CNRN, at She is a Director, Nursing Research, The MetroHealth System, Cleveland, OH.

Megan Keiser, DNP RN CNRN SCRN ACNS-BC NP-C, is Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI.

Heather Douglas, BSN RN CCRN CNRN SCRN, is Neuroscience Clinical Education Specialist, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, TX.

Norma D. McNair, PhD RN ACNS-BC FAHA, is Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. McNett is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. The other authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2018 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses