Michelle Lynn Hill, MS, RN, AGCNS-BC, CNRN, CCRN, SCRN
ADN 2001 Cape Fear Community College
BSN 2007 University of Phoenix
MS, AGCNS-BC 2015 Mt Carmel College of Nursing
Vision for Neuroscience Nursing:
Neuroscience nursing is will continue to grow as an established specialty. As the specialty grows, the education requirements will grow in tandem. Neuroscience nursing is an amazingly broad spectrum with each area becoming more and more specialized. We are all so different but have the same goal. The various organizations related to neuroscience nurses will benefit from collaborations that encourage nurses to work together to further this specialty. Neurocritical Care Society, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Academy of Neurology have so much to offer neuroscience nurses who work in all areas of healthcare. With so many different specialties associated with neuroscience nursing the need for collaboration and shared vision is essential for continued success.
Vision for the Association:
My vision for American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) is based on determining the needs of newer nurses and engaging them to participate in the organization. As the demand for specialty education grows, AANN must be prepared to meet that demand. Determining how the association can support our youngest generation is paramount for continued growth and relevance. AANN needs to be on the forefront of policy change affecting all nursing and collaborate with national organizations to enact change that affects nurses and patients.
My vision includes monthly education offerings that include CE; finding neuroscience CE can be a challenge and AANN needs to break down that barrier and help support the educational needs of nurses. AANN also needs to consider new technology as a way to reach nurses; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat are used daily and need to become a way for nurses to know what is going on in their specialty. Blogging is a great way to engage younger nurses and allow them to tell their story and experience someone else’s thoughts.
AANN also needs to engage the bedside staff in the organization either on a local level or a national level to develop future leaders. AANN is in a unique position of being the “specialty of the future” and needs to capitalize on the present as well as plan for the future. I see AANN being an integral part of the daily routine for nurses of all specialties through technology.
Accomplishments in Professional Positions:
Becoming a nurse and finding my niche in neuroscience was a huge accomplishment. I have also been fortunate to be a presenter at the local and national level on various neuroscience-nursing topics. In 2012 I was lucky enough to be chosen to be part of the original Stroke Certified Registered Nurse Test Development Committee. With my term ending this past year at the 49th Annual AANN Meeting, I am ready to give more to the association. My most proud moments have involved the development of nursing-led protocols for our Neuroscience unit and engaging the bedside staff in protocol development, education and rollout.
In our region I continue to be instrumental in rolling out stroke education to our region, which includes over 47 counties of pre-hospital and in-hospital personnel.
On a national level, I have been fortunate to conduct lectures on various topics impacting neuroscience nursing with my favorite topic being compassion fatigue. As a member of the Guideline Writing Committee for Neurocritical Care Society, I helped co-author the Targeted Temperature Management Guidelines, which will be released this fall. Through the University of Miami I am able to spread education regarding stroke across the country to nurses of all skill levels.
Accomplishments in Leadership Positions:
As the Educator of the Neuroscience ICU I was involved with developing nurse driven protocols around the use of temperature management, pupillometer and urinary catheter removal. I was also involved with developing a competency curriculum for care of our complex stroke patients that incorporate hands-on demonstration and simulation.
As the Stroke Coordinator at our organization I led the team towards our 3rd Comprehensive Stroke Survey including action plans around areas for improvement and working with areas that were not accustomed to handling stroke patients.
I am the Principle Investigator for our organization on a multi-site, prospective, vendor-sponsored study for utilization and efficacy of the pupillometer, which has allowed us to earn money for nurses to attend conferences.
I am part of the development team for standardized neurologic assessments across our 10-hospital system. This project will help align all our campuses and improve communication between the staff taking care of the patient.
For 6 years I have been on our Annual Neuroscience Symposium planning committee, which has grown in size to over 700 attendees. During the planning we consider all aspects of neuroscience care from a multidisciplinary aspect and choose topics based on evaluation comments as well as current trends.