Advanced Practice Neuroscience Nursing
An APRN is a licensed nurse who meets advanced educational and clinical practice requirements. APRN must be able to care for a particular population or serve in a specific clinical role. They can assess, diagnose, and manage patient problems, order tests, and prescribe medications.
At Barrow, we employ two types of APRN:
- clinical nurse specialists (CNS)
- certified nurse practitioners (NP-C)
- intensive care units
- acute care floors
- clinical offices
There are three steps to becoming an APRN:
- Earn a minimum of an MSN degree (many programs are becoming doctoral degrees).
- Get certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
- Get licensed by your state or territorial board of nursing.
Certified Nurse Practitioners
Certified nurse practitioners (NP-C) provide services like:
- health history interviews
- physical examinations
- diagnosis and treatment of illnesses
- reading laboratory results and imaging
- management of prescriptions and therapies
- lifestyle teaching and counseling
At Barrow, certified nurse practitioners augment physicians and serve as the primary contact person on your care team. Our goal is to educate you and promote overall wellness.
Compared to clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners spend more time interacting with patients and managing their care.
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Clinical nurse specialists (CNS):
- monitor quality and safety
- hold leadership and administrative roles
- develop criteria for patient care
- monitor patient outcomes
- develop performance improvement initiatives
At Barrow, clinical nurse specialists educate other nurses, advise patients, and act as patient liaisons.
Compared to certified nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists are more focused on the administrative aspects of patient care.
Barrow Neurological Institute is one of the busiest neurological hospitals in the world. Our nurses and doctors treat some of the rarest neurological disorders known, and our APRN staff boasts several internationally known neuroscience nursing experts.
APRN at Barrow Neurological Institute are encouraged to conduct and publish research, participate in IRB initiatives, and present at conferences and symposia.
There are several opportunities for APRN training and continuing education at Barrow. We participate in an expert exchange program and host an annual neuroscience nursing symposium.
We also host graduate students and international observers.