A neuro ICU nurse works with patients in critical care who are suffering from very serious neurological compromise. Let’s outline some specifics.
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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The middle cerebral artery (MCA) affects a lot of body functions. Here’s an RN to discuss what happens with left MCA strokes.
The middle cerebral artery (MCA) is an important part of brain function. An RN goes over the areas of the brain that supply the MCA and what can happen when it’s blocked.
Wondering what the difference between a regular stroke and an MCA stroke is? Here an RN breaks down what an MCA stroke is and how it impacts patients.
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.
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.
Working in intensive care is so different from the rest of the hospital. These tips for new neuro nurses will answer all questions.
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.
Melissa Stafford, BSN RN CCRN SCRN – highly experienced and currently practicing nationally certified neurocritical care nurse. Elizabeth Mills, BSN RN CCRN – highly experienced neurocritical care nurse, current Stroke Navigator for a Primary Stroke Center. What You’ll Learn Talking to Unconscious Patients Key Focus: Effective communication skills for interacting with the unconscious patient and […]
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 […]
What are the most important nursing priorities for stroke patients? Oh, these are so important! I love my stroke patients. They have a special place in my heart. As a neuro nurse, I wanted to share what you should do if you encounter a patient having an ischemic stroke. These are the most important nursing […]