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NCS Currents Sept 2016

NEUROCRITICAL CARE NURSING Spreading Knowledge Around the World: NCS Nurses Teaching ENLS By Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, Susan Yeager, MS, ACNP, and Maria Isabelita Rogado, RN, MAN, DNSc The NCS Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) program is designed to help healthcare professionals improve patient care and outcomes during the critical first hours of a patient’s neurological emergency. ENLS demonstrates a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach and provides a consistent set of protocols, practical checklists, decision points, and suggested communication to use during critical patient management. Nurses working in critical care units and neuroscience/stroke units are at the front line of patient management. In many hospitals, these nurses may not have the advanced education on how to manage the critical neurological patient. Nurse members of the NCS who received ENLS certification and instructor status identified opportunities to introduce ENLS to nurses at large conferences within the U.S. and in the larger international arena. Working collaboratively with Becca Stickney (NCS Director of Education and ENLS Coordinator), Mary Kay Bader, Audrey Paulson, and Susan Yeager identified key nursing organizations where ENLS could be incorporated into their annual conferences. Acting as liaisons on behalf of NCS, we contacted the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), and the Critical Care Nurses Association of the Philippines (CCNAPI). Discussions between these organizations and NCS led to three ENLS programs included in these large conferences. Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN In April, NCS nurse members Mary Kay Bader, Cynthia Bautista, Michelle Hill, Sarah Livesay, Dea Mahanes, Karen March, and Audrey Paulson and NCS Treasurer Gretchen Brophy taught the ENLS course to 53 AANN members. ENLS serves not only to advance the practice and care delivered to critical neurological patients but it also provides an opportunity for non-members to learn about the NCS as a multidisciplinary organization. Following the course, the NCS gained 13 new nurse members! In May, we taught the ENLS course to 78 AACN members. At the AACN annual meeting, nurse members of NCS staffed a booth in the exhibit hall and recruited 34 new nurse members to NCS! NCS member Susan Yeager has worked alongside international colleagues to expand the impact of the NCS and ENLS into the international arena. Collaboration with Isabelita Rogado (World Federation of Critical Care Nursing Society founding member and current Secretary and President of the CCNAPI) resulted in the establishment of the first nurse-led, international ENLS course. Working alongside physician faculty members Joanne Robles, MD, Gerardo Briones, MD, and Marian Vita Nova Sodusta, MD, Yeager and colleagues instructed 83 Filipino nurses and four physicians on May 2, 2016. Filipino nurses are also working to become ENLS trainers. CCNAPI plans to use local trainers to rotate sites for course delivery throughout Asia. Highlighting the impact locally, ENLS certification is being utilized as a means to demonstrate the quality of their nursing practice to support the credentialing and certification mechanism in the country. This event had social media hits (Facebook), and an electronic press release was sent to CCNAPI members. A planned publication is on the way in the upcoming WFCCN newsletter. One comment received from NCS and CCNAPI member highlights the positive reception of this course by our Filipino nursing colleagues. “The ENLS Certification Course is indeed a timely initiative of CCNAPI to support the ongoing Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Mutual Recognition Arrangement and making the Filipino nurses more competitive. The ENLS certification empowers the nurses. Thank you so much,” said Diana Jean Serondo, RN, NVRN-BC from St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City. All of the ENLS courses produced evaluations that had high marks and invitations to hold future ENLS courses have been extended to the NCS for the next year. The nurses in attendance reported significant increases in new knowledge in how to manage the emergency neurological patient population. The vision of NCS is “to provide and advocate for the highest quality of care for patients with critical neurological illness throughout the world.” This vision has been actualized by promoting advanced ENLS certification courses at other nursing society meetings. We are spreading knowledge around the world! Susan Yeager, MS, ACNP Maria Isabelita Rogado, RN, MAN, DNSc AANN ENLS Course in April 2016 12


NCS Currents Sept 2016
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