Care for patients with brain, nerve, or spinal cord conditions.
What does a Neurology Nurse do?
Neurology is the study of the nerves and nervous system. Neurologists attend to patients with neurological disorders, diseases, or injuries. Neurology Nurses specialize in assisting Neurologists and caring for patients who suffer neurology problems.
As a Neurology Nurse, you provide patient care just like other Nurses. But your patients all have something in common. Although each case is different, each patient suffers from an affliction related to the nervous system.
Of course, that’s a broad spectrum. They may have suffered spinal cord damage, have had a stroke, be fighting a brain tumor, or be recovering from a head injury.
Your patients may be in a hospital or come for visits at a clinic. Either way, you take an assessment of each one, record vital signs, ask questions, evaluate responses, and take careful notes for the other medical professionals on the case. You draw attention to areas of concern and discuss the patient’s condition with the Neurologist in charge.
In addition to your care-giving duties as a Neurology Nurse, you also aid the Doctor throughout testing, examinations, and even surgical procedures. That means monitoring patient vital signs; collecting, cleaning, and supplying the Physician with the correct tools; answering questions; and explaining procedures to the patient and family. In addition, you coordinate follow-up care, such as making appointments for further testing and forwarding results to the patient.
With your special knowledge, you help patients recover from injury or surgery, handle symptoms, and overcome emotional barriers.