These are the most essential tips you need to know when you do your neuro nurse checks, all told from a nurse who has been there.
Neuro nursing is a nursing specialty requiring a complex understanding of neurology, stroke processes, and subtle patient changes. If you're interested in being a neuro nurse or maybe just increasing your confidence in neuro nursing and stroke patient skills, we've got you covered.
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Learn how to do a complete neuro nurse assessment. This will teach you everything you need to know, even if you are a new nurse.
Neurological Exam: Level of Consciousness. If you’re learning how to do neuro checks, one of the most challenging aspects can be distinguishing level of consciousness. Let’s go through each level of consciousness (LOC) that you’ll see and the main differences between them.
A neuro assessment is a critical skill for any nurse (not just neuro ICU nurses) This goes beyond simple neuro checks. If you’re interested in improving this nursing skill, this article is for yo
If you ever receive a stroke patient and they are NPO, this is why that call was made and how you should handle it.
Most hospitals have some form of Rapid Response Team that can be called when patients are becoming unstable to bring people and resources to the bedside quickly. In this episode, we discuss when to call a Rapid Response, what happens once one is called, and some of our own experiences calling or responding to them. Head to FreshRN.com/41 for the complete show notes of this episode.
Working in intensive care is so different from the rest of the hospital. These tips for new neuro nurses will answer all questions.
A neuro ICU nurse works with patients in critical care and experience a lot of death and dying. This job is not easy and it requires emotional strength.
We discuss the difference between coma and brain death, how brain death is determined, working with an organ procurement team, and general insights related to this sensitive topic.
Elizabeth Mills, BSN RN CCRN – highly experienced neurocritical care nurse, current Stroke Navigator for a Primary Stroke Center What You’ll Learn Patient Care Family support Consents Talking to Unconscious Patients Key Focus: Effective communication skills for interacting with the unconscious patient and their family. Think about these: How does caring for a patient who […]
What You’ll Learn Medications Diagnostics Surgeries and Procedures Monitoring Encouragement We continue our journey through neurocritical care nursing! Medications tPA – discussed in Neuro Nurse Tips, Part I Hypertonic saline (3%) – treat hyponatremia and/or cerebral edema Essentially saltwater Most likely need a central venous catheter FreshRN Podcast related episode: Central Venous Catheters 101 Resource: […]
In this episode, we discuss nursing care and the big three – Code STEMI, Code Stroke, and Code Sepsis. Please note, this episode was recorded in January 2017, and the latest evidence at that time. The best practices surrounding treatment of these evolve continually and we encourage you to ensure you’re referring to the latest evidence and facility policy while providing patient care.
What You’ll Learn: Subdural hematoma Epidural hematoma Seizure Brain Tumors CPM Diffuse axonal injury This episode discusses a few disease processes that are typically seen by the neuro ICU nurse as well as a neuro floor. We chat about subdural hematomas, epidural hematomas, seizures, brain tumors, and diffuse axonal injury. And as always, this episode is hosted […]
This episode discusses neuro nurse tips with the main questions newbies to neuro have: if neuro changes are subtle, when do I worry? We also discuss common neuro disease processes including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, intraventricular hemorrhage, and more.
This is some quick info on a few very common meds you run into in the neurointensive care unit. However, please always follow your hospital’s policies and procedures. This is for informational purposes only and focuses on nursing considerations.. not going in-depth on the drug. Nursing Considerations for 4 Neuro ICU Meds Propofol or Diprivan […]
Neuro changes are tough! It is really hard to know if someone is truly changing or if they’re just exhausted because we keep waking them up. Here are some of my neuro nurse tips.. Neuro nurse tips for newbies If your patient is in the intensive care unit, intubated and sedated on propofol, and you […]