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Reflections on 50 Years of Pediatric Neuroscience Nursing

Weak, Lindsey; Fecske, Erin; Breedt, Amanda; Cartwright, Cathy; Crawford, Daniel; Forbes, Angela

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: October 2018 - Volume 50 - Issue 5 - p 260–264
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000393

ABSTRACT Throughout the past 50 years, the role of the neuroscience nurse has become more specialized as we continue to keep pace with new innovations and improvement in care for our patients. This is evident when reviewing the hundreds of articles that have been published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing over the last half-century. These authors have had a tremendous influence over neuroscience nursing through dissemination of their expert knowledge. This article will review the areas of pediatric hydrocephalus, brain tumors, and epilepsy and the role neuroscience nurses have played in the advancement of these specialties.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Lindsey Weak, DNP, at She is a Pediatric Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner, Banner Children’s Specialists at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Mesa, AZ.

Erin Fecske, APRN, Neurology/Epilepsy, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas, MO.

Amanda Breedt, APRN, is Neurosurgery Supervisor NP, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA.

Cathy Cartwright, is Director of Advanced Practice Education, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas, MO.

Daniel Crawford, DNP, is Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ.

Angela Forbes, APRN, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2018 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses