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Caring for the Post Procedure Mechanical Thrombectomy Patient

By Catrice Nakamura, RN, MSN, CCRN-K, SCRN, and Diana Serondo, RN, NVRN-BC Mechanical thrombectomy in the setting of a large vessel occlusion has become a standard of care in the management of acute ischemic stroke. Despite the ample literature available to support care before and during...


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All Seizures Are Not Shaking and All Shakings Are Not a Seizure

By Audrey Paulson, DNP Electroencephalograms (EEGs) are usually placed on the patient by the EEG tech, and the process takes at least 30 minutes. It is then read by the neurologist, occasionally in real time but often after the fact. This results in the diagnosis of a seizure long after the...


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Choosing Wisely® Initiative: A Nursing Perspective

By Briana Witherspoon, DNP, ACNP, and Karen March, MN, RN, CCRN In 2012, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation partnered with Consumer Reports to create Choosing Wisely®, an initiative focused on reducing the number of unnecessary tests and procedures performed during a...


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Supporting Neurocritical Care Nurses Across the Globe

By Sarah L. Livesay, DNP, RN As the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) grows as an international organization, NCS members have worked hard over the past year to support neurocritical care nurses across the globe. To highlight a few key initiatives to offer support and education to nurses, NCS...


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It Takes a Village: Diverse Roles and Perspectives of NCS Nurses

By Dea Mahanes, MSN, RN, CCNS, FNCS (left), and Briana Witherspoon, DNP, ACNP-BC (right) The theme of this year’s annual meeting in Hawaii — “It Takes a Village” — reflects both the rich diversity of NCS membership and the need for all disciplines and professions to work together to improve...


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Neurocritical Care at Harborview Medical Center Exemplifies Interdisciplinary Collaboration: From the Delivery of Care to the Design of Care

By Patricia A. Blissitt Ph.D., ARNP-CNS, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN, CCNS, CCM, ACNS-BC Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle, Washington, is an exceptional place to practice neurocritical care nursing. The 413 bed academic medical center is one of four University of Washington Hospitals....