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Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) provides nurses with many benefits and many opportunities to contribute to the society.  In 2016, NCS nurses participated in or led committees, created educational products, coordinated and taught ENLS courses, represented NCS at national and international conferences, and presented at the annual meeting. At the beginning of the year, the Nursing Committee set three goals: 1) Complete a Needs Assessment of NCS nurses, 2) Develop two educational products for Neurocritical care nurses, and 3) Support an international presence for NCS nurses through participation in the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN).  These goals were accomplished, and we hope to build on those successes in the coming year.   Led by members Mary Amatangelo, MS, RN, APRN-BC, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN, Mary Guanci, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, and Karen March, MN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, a Needs Assessment was developed and distributed to the NCS nursing membership.  In addition to demographic information, the Needs Assessment focused on perceived benefits of NCS membership for nurses, barriers to participation, and educational needs.  Almost 60 NCS nurses completed the survey. Information from the Needs Assessment is already being used to guide nursing-focused NCS activities. Stay tuned for an overview of the results in an upcoming issue of Currents!  Cynthia Bautista PhD, APRN, FNCS is an active member of both the Nursing Committee and the Educational Products Committee, and leads efforts to develop educational products for nurses.  Cindy worked with Debora Argetsinger, MS, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, Honey Beddingfield, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, and Michelle VanDemark, MSN, CNP, CNRN, SCRN, FNCS to develop a web-based presentation on basic neurologic nursing assessment.  This presentation is currently available through the “N-Case,” a section of NCS OnDemand that serves as a central repository for educational products targeted to Neurocritical care nurses. In addition to the basic neurologic nursing assessment presentation, N-Case includes nursing sessions from previous NCS Annual Meetings and other resources.  A presentation detailing advanced neurologic nursing assessment, developed in collaboration with JJ Baumann, MS, RN, CNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN and Fern Cudlip, MSN, CNRN, FNP, ANVP, will be completed by the end of 2016 and will also be available through N-Case.  These products are a great resource for both new and experienced Neurocritical care nurses as well as advanced practice providers!   In support of NCS’s vision “to provide and advocate for the highest quality of care for patients with critical neurological illness throughout the world,” NCS nurses were active in the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) in 2016.  Susan Yeager, MS, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC, FNCS, presented several sessions at the WFCCN Annual Meeting in Brisbane, Australia, including a plenary session on traumatic brain injury.  Mary Kay Bader MSN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, CNRN, FAHA, FNCS, also attended the meeting in Brisbane, winning an award for her presentation on TBI and platelet dysfunction.  NCS will continue to be active in the global nursing community, with Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC, FNCS assuming the role of NCS representative to the WFCCN.    ENLS was also an area of intense activity for NCS nurses in 2016. Led by Mary Kay Bader and Gretchen Brophy, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FCCM, FNCS, a team of NCS nursing members taught ENLS courses at the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses’ (AANN) annual meeting and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ (AACN) annual conference.  Fifty-three nurses attended ENLS at AANN, and 78 attended the course at AACN.  Feedback was very positive and both organizations will offer ENLS at their annual meetings in 2017 in collaboration with NCS. In addition, the first nurse-led international ENLS course was offered in 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Susan Yeager coordinated the course in collaboration with Isabelita Rogado, RN, MAN, DNSc (World Federation of Critical Care Nursing Society Secretary and founding member, and President of the Critical Care Nurses Association of the Philippines), and instructed the course with several physician colleagues.  A total of 83 nurses and 4 physicians participated.   In 2017, the NCS Nursing Committee hopes to build on these successes.  Guided by the 2016 Needs Assessment, we plan to develop additional educational resources to meet the needs of Neurocritical care nurses.  We will continue and even expand our international presence through involvement in the WFCCN and other global initiatives.  In addition, we hope to increase networking and communication opportunities for nurses through use of the NCS Nurse Forum. All NCS nursing members have access to the Nurse Forum and can post items for discussion.  In addition to clinical topics, Nursing Committee information is available on the Forum and includes meeting announcements and minutes.   The NCS Nursing Committee welcomes participation from all members.  If you have questions, ideas, or want to become more active with NCS nursing, please contact Dea Mahanes, MSN, RN, CCNS, Nursing Committee Chair via email (deamahanes@gmail.com). Neurocritical Care Nurses: Building on Success! Dea Mahanes, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS 


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