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    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)
    Where do APRN work at Barrow?
    Our advance practice registered nurses work in the following areas:

    • intensive care units
    • acute care floors
    • neuroradiology
    • clinical offices

    What are the steps to becoming an APRN?

    There are three steps to becoming an APRN:

    1. Earn a minimum of an MSN degree (many programs are becoming doctoral degrees).
    2. Get certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
    3. Get licensed by your state or territorial board of nursing.

    What is the difference between a certified nurse practitioner (NP-C) and certified nurse specialist (CNS)?

    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
    • referrals

    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.

    What is unique about advanced practice registered nursing at Barrow?

    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.

    Do you train advanced practice registered nurses at Barrow?

    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.

    How can I learn more about advanced practice neuroscience nursing?

    For clinical observer opportunities, please contact:

    About Barrow Neurological Institute
    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.