Grigaitis Michele 141028
Michele M Grigaitis DNP, FNP-BC, CNRN

Phoenix, AZ


Doctor of Advanced Nursing Practice- Arizona State University
Masters of Science- Creighton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing- Creighton University


Graduated Cum Laude- Creighton University
Inducted in Sigma Theta Tau-Iota Tau chapter

Vision for Neuroscience Nursing:

This is a tumultuous time in healthcare. The demographics in this country are experiencing a shift to the largest elder population seen since its inception. Neurodegenerative disorders are prevalent, and the care associated with these disorders is a looming healthcare problem. Alzheimer's dementia alone is predicted by some to overwhelm the Medicare system. The recent decade of foreign engagements by our military and National Guard personnel has resulted in an exponential increase in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability and a focus of health care systems across the country. This focus has resulted in stratification of stroke care. It is common for cities to have multiple neuroscience centers, both in the academic and private healthcare sectors.

Neuroscience nursing is pivotal in the current healthcare environment.  The IOM Future of Nursing report found the potential for growth in nursing is great.  States are looking to nursing to address health care needs.  Neuroscience nursing crosses all levels of service and impacts care at while growing as a specialty. The potential for neuroscience nursing research is amazing. The development and use of evidenced-based neuroscience nursing interventions will change outcomes on individual and Institutional levels. Neuroscience nursing will lead the way in influencing policy and educating the public. I believe there has never been a better time to be a neuroscience nurse!

Vision for the Association:

The mission and vision of the organization hold us in good stead. I envision evaluating and expanding the strategies we use to become a resource to all levels of neuroscience nursing, from novice to the expert, across all levels of practice and all levels of care. I see an organizational focus on innovation to better meet the membership needs using advanced technology. Collaborative relationships with our sister boards will further elevate opportunities to advance the specialty. The white paper developed in response to the IOM Future of Nursing is an example of the strengths in this association. I look forward to the expansion of this work, further demonstrating our commitment to the membership to deliver resources of benefit to their practice.

We are the leading authority in neuroscience nursing. In my experience working with the advocacy committee I see great opportunity for advancement of our association through collaboration with other organizations in advocating for those issues pertinent to neuroscience nursing. Neuroscience nursing care is necessary for healthcare system development, both nationally and internationally. AANN is the obvious choice to disseminate this expertise. The strategic leveraging of this expertise will serve to further add to our stability and viability as an organization.

Accomplishments in Professional Positions:

I have worked as a neuroscience nurse in bedside, charge nurse, supervisor, and division director positions, both in private and academic settings. I have served in consulting roles on both local and national levels. I have striven to expand my knowledge base and professional growth throughout. I completed my Doctor in Nursing Practice in 2010. I have served as Chair of the system level research and evidenced based practice council, as well as Chair of the system wide pain task force in a neuroscience institute consistently ranked in the top ten centers in the country. I have been successful in developing and implementing protocols for the systematic gathering of outcome data.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions:

I have been active in the association since shortly after becoming a member. I was the first facilitator for the Geriatric Special Focus Group. I have served on the annual conference planning committee. I have served as a board member as director at large as well as a trustee of the ABNN board in my role as liaison to the AANN board. I was involved with the Advocacy committee from its inception and currently am on the position statement task force. Recently I was honored to be appointed to the AAN-APA Dementia workgroup representing AANN. I have acted in reviewer roles, both within and outside the association. I currently am an abstract reviewer for the European Neurological Association as well as grant reviewer for the Arizona State University Graduate Research Support program. I have served as vice president of the Iota Tau chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

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