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Upstate sees increase in number of nurses specially certified in neuroscience and stroke care

Upstate sees increase in number of nurses specially certified in neuroscience and stroke care

Nearly a dozen nurses at Upstate have earned advanced certification since the beginning of the year.

Advanced certification in these two areas is in keeping with Upstate’s focus on providing enhanced care in neurosciences and stroke, especially with the designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center that was awarded to Upstate early this year.

“We’re delighted that these nurses in neuroscience and stroke care now share this important designation,” said Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page, RN.

“This certification highlights the level of care our nurses provide for patients in our neuroscience and stroke programs, and underscores our institution’s commitment to offer and support this level of nursing,” said Upstate’s stroke program coordinator Catherine Stephens, RN, who holds the certification.  “It also says that our nurses have the experience and knowledge for treating patients.”

Stephens noted that the certification is important for patients and their families to understand and helps to reinforce the special knowledge and research needed to care for these patients.

Thirteen nurses recently were credentialed as certified neuroscience registered nurses (CNRN).

The certification exam for CNRN tests the nurses’ knowledge of neuroscience trauma (brain injury, hemorrhage, contusions, concussions, spinal cord injuries and skull fractures), cerebrovascular issues (transient ischemic attacks, arteriovenus malformations, ischemic stroke, intercerebral hemorrhage), brain and spinal cord tumors, infections (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Bell’s Palsy, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, encelopathies), seizures, pediatric and developmental (cerebral palsy), and chronic neurological issues (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Tourette’s, spinal stenosis).

The exam also measures the nurses’ level of expertise on a range of interventions for the patient and family, from drug management to cognitive behavioral therapy.

Nine nurses recently were credentialed as stroke certified registered nurses (SCRN).

The certification exam for SCRN assesses a nurse’s knowledge for administering stroke care. It tests a nurse’s familiarity with preventive stroke care and the ability to develop care plans and community outreach programs. The test measures a nurse’s knowledge of issues related to hyperacute and acute care for stroke, including advanced interventions for ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes, associated stroke disorders, medicine management and post-acute care.

The CNRN and SCRN are granted by the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing.

Nurses who hold CNRN certification are Kathleen Berardi, Deborah Blanchard, Kyle Choquette, Mary Catherine Harmon, Mary Reilly, LeeAnne Rhynders, Michael Rondenelli, Denise Sellers, Chris Stanton, Catherine Stephens, Maggie Surrena, Tara Tulowiecki and Michelle Vallelunga.

Nurses who hold SCRN certification are Mary Catherine Harmon, Taryn Lindquist, Sarah Menter, Denise Sellers, Catherine Stephens, Tara Tulowiecki, Maura Reilly, Michael Rondenelli, Chris Stanton and Jessica Urtz.

Caption: Adding to their nursing credentials are, from left, Sarah Menter, Taryn Lindquist, Jessica Urtz and Tara Tulowiecki. All are stroke certified registered nurses; Tulowiecki also is a certified neuroscience nurse. They join other nurses in Upstate’s neuroscience unit to have earned this special nursing designation.