By Deborah Tran
First, I would like to thank nurses for all the work you do for our neurocritical care patients daily, and for the work many of you are doing to provide care for the patients with illness related to the global pandemic. Many of you are working in different areas than usual, and the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) Nursing Section applauds your efforts.
Our committee has the charge “to grow, strengthen and diversify the nursing voice within the Neurocritical Care Society.” We work to identify and meet the needs of neurocritical care nurses around the world. This year, we surveyed our nursing members to help us understand the demographics and needs of our membership. We also developed and executed a Nursing Experience and Expertise Survey to establish a database of nurses whom we can draw from for speakers and content experts for future NCS projects.
In a past needs assessment survey, we identified a gap in the understanding of radiologic findings in the stroke and neurotrauma patient. To address this gap, we developed a module that will be released later this year for members to learn about the nursing care of patients undergoing different imaging after neurological trauma. This will be similar to the module previously developed by NCS entitled “Basic Neuro-imaging for Stroke: What All Nurses Need to Know.”
We are also developing basic nursing content to enhance the knowledge and understanding related to the Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) modules. The first of these interactive learning modules will be “Intracranial pressure (ICP)” and “Status Epilepticus." These modules are currently in production and will be ready for launch in early 2021.
We value your input and appreciate nursing volunteers within the NCS membership. Look for future opportunities to become involved and share your expertise with your colleagues. Also, consider using the Nursing Section Community to ask questions and receive responses from colleagues around the world and to share your voice in neurocritical care!