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NEUROCRITICAL CARE NURSING NCS Nursing Committee International Collaborations and Needs Assessment By Dea Mahanes, MSN, RN 2016 is an exciting time for nurse members of To support staff nurses and advanced practice nurses, a work group the NCS. This year, the Nursing Committee’s led by Cynthia Bautista, PhD, RN, CNRN, FNCS, is developing focus is on three primary goals: conducting two web-based educational tools for neurological assessment. a needs assessment, developing educational One presentation will focus on basic neurological assessment products for neurocritical care nurses, and and is targeted to newer staff nurses. The other product will supporting an international presence through focus on advanced neurological assessment to meet the needs participation in the World Federation of of experienced clinicians and advanced practice providers. Both Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN). resources will be available to NCS members via NCS OnDemand by the end of 2016. As an initial step to improve the services provided to NCS nurses, a needs assessment of the nurse The Nursing Committee is committed to supporting NCS membership will be sent out in the next few months. The needs involvement in the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses assessment will provide vital information to help NCS nurses (WFCCN). In August 2015, Susan Yeager, MS, RN, CCRN, shape future programming and activities. It will also help identify ACNP-BC, FNCS, represented the NCS at the WFCCN meeting additional opportunities for nurses to actively contribute to the and the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical mission and strategic goals of the NCS. Care Medicine’s 12th World Congress in Seoul, South Korea. At the meeting, Susan moderated a session on family presence and Another objective of the needs assessment is to identify specific participated in task forces focused on end-of-life care and the types of resources that nurses would find useful in clinical development of patient triage guidelines. practice. Nurses of the NCS fulfill many roles including direct care providers, managers/directors, advanced practice nurses, and nurse As a result of Susan’s involvement in these activities, our researchers. international colleagues are more aware of resources available through the NCS and several neuroscience topics will be included The Nursing Committee is working with the Educational Products at the 2016 meeting in Brisbane, Australia. Ongoing support for Committee to create a portal for neuroscience nursing resources as NCS nursing involvement in WFCCN activities will continue in part of NCS OnDemand. Presentations from the Annual Meeting 2017 as Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC takes over with nursing-specific content will be available via the icon and representation activities. additional materials will be added as they become available. In addition to the activities noted above, NCS nurses are active in NCS committees and as faculty for a number of ENLS courses. ENLS courses are being planned for two of the largest national nursing conferences this year, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Coordinated by Mary Kay Bader, MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, CNRN, FAHA, FNCS and NCS Treasurer Gretchen Brophy, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FCCM, FNCS, these courses will provide nurses in neuroscience and general critical care with the knowledge and skills to manage neurological emergencies. In addition, the ENLS course will expose them to the many benefits of NCS membership leading to a potential pool of new NCS members. The nursing members of the NCS are diverse. Every member’s input and participation is needed! If you have questions or would like to participate in any of the activities mentioned, please contact Dea Mahanes, MSN, RN, CCNS, Nursing Committee Chair, via email (deamahanes@gmail.com). 15


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