Neuroscience Nursing

It is an exciting time for nurses working in neuroscience at UNMH. As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in New Mexico, UNMH accepts referrals from the entire state, as well as from Southern Colorado and Eastern Texas. University Hospital's neuroscience nurses provide comprehensive and expert care to patient with a variety of neurological and neurosurgical conditions ranging from evaluation and treatment of a seizure disorder to the critical management of acute head injury and stroke. A continuum of care targets the individual needs of the patient and family in the Neurosciences Clinic, the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, and the Neuroscience SAC (Sub Acute Care) Unit. UNMH nurses actively participate in research projects and apply evidence-based practice in their delivery of care model. A multidisciplinary approach to family centered care helps ensure quality outcomes for our patients.

In June of 2007, UNMH opened a new 72 bed critical care pavilion including a 24 bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. This state-of-the unit provides specialized nursing care critically ill neurological, neurosurgical and neurovascular patients. In this unit, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, aneurysms, and brain tumors are treated using the most advanced intracranial monitoring modalities and therapies.

At this university based hospital, education is extremely valued and encouraged. The Department of Clinical Education offers many courses including both a basic and advanced course in neurological nursing. Some of the topics covered include brain and spinal cord anatomy and physiology, neurological assessment, intracranial dynamics, intracranial monitoring (ICP, brain tissue oxygen and cerebral blood flow), stroke, brain tumors, Gamma Knife, seizures, neuromuscular diseases, and neuro-pharmacology.

All nursing units have Unit Based Educators who direct the orientation process and support unit and hospital-wide educational initiatives. A highly individualized orientation includes precepted clinical time and structured educational components such as AACNs Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO). A computerized human simulation lab provides additional learning opportunities.

For more information on the exciting opportunities in neuroscience nursing at UNMH, please contact Nurse Recruitment at 272-2325 or visit our Jobs page.