Neuroscience Nursing

What a Neuroscience Nurse Does

Neuroscience nurses and neurosurgical nurses assist patients with brain and nervous system disorders. Such dysfunctions include problems with consciousness, communication, cognition, mobility and sensation. The duties of a neuroscience nurse include monitoring neurological exams, administering medication, managing pain, and consulting physicians on patient progress. They provide specialized post-operative care for patients after neurosurgery and work with those who have experienced brain injury. Neuroscience nurses must be sensitive and calm, since they treat patients who may be confused or not fully in control of their actions. Neuroscience nurses may also work with patients who are fully comatose.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GAIN 2 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN NEUROSCIENCE NURSING
  • PASS YOUR CERTIFIED NEUROSCIENCE REGISTERED NURSE EXAM AND BECOME A CNRN

$60,000 - $90,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Managing pain
  • Monitoring patients’ cognitive responses
  • Overseeing neurological exams
  • Caring for wounds
  • Educating patients and their families about neurosurgical procedures
  • Administering post-op care
  • Teaching patients how to care for themselves after discharge

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare clinics
  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Brain injury units
  • Intensive rehabilitation units
  • Long-term care facilities

 

 

Certification

RN, plus Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse certification (CNRN)