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Madona Plueger

Madona Plueger MSN,RN, ACNS-BC, APRN, CNRN

Goodyear, AZ

Education/Credentials/Certification:

Master of Science in Nursing-University of South Alabama-Mobile Alabama-May 2009
Bachelors of Arts in Nursing-Augustana College-Sioux Falls SD-2001
Associates Degree in Nursing-University of South Dakota-Vermillion SD May 1990

  • Licensure, State of Arizona RN-active since 2003
  • Licensure State of Arizona-Advance Practice RN-active since 2010
  • Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) 2004-present
  • Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist-ANCC-2010-present

Awards/Honors:

St. Joseph’s Hospital Employee of the Month 2007, 2011
Margaret Sherwood Nurse of the Year Candidate 2009, 2011, 2014
March of Dimes Finalist-Nurse of the Year-Education/Mentoring 2009
March of Dimes Candidate-Nurse of the Year-Advanced Practice-2013
American Epilepsy Society Nursing Award-Poster Presentation 2010

Vision for Neuroscience Nursing:

MISSION AANN connects, educates, and inspires nurses as leaders who influence comprehensive neuroscience health.
VISION AANN is indispensable to nurses and neuroscience healthcare.

The vision for Neuroscience Nursing is about how we see ourselves as neuroscience nurses and how we hope our patients, families and colleagues that we interact with every day see us. The lens of what we look through involves intense views that cover the care and management of the patient and family that come under our care for their neuroscience health needs. These patients and families are vulnerable and uncertain of the path that they are on, or what their needs may be. Neuroscience nurses follow standards of care with skill sets that are able to encompass the entire patient experience. The lens that patients and families see through, should be a mirror image with a clearer focus of the keen awareness of feeling safe and secure under the care of the Neuroscience nurse. The members of the care teams vision mirror the perspective of the neuroscience nurse and patient and family experience.

Vision for the Association:

The word indispensable is used in the current vision of American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN).  A clear vision statement of an organization captures a clean and concise message to those seeking definition of what the organization is and what it could be for them.  The definition of indispensable according to the Oxford dictionary, is absolutely necessary. The vision of AANN is that we encompass a multitude of components that are absolutely necessary to care for and address neuroscience health. The ongoing connections that are being created between partner organizations, industry and care partners across the continuum remains a strength of AANN and sets a clear course of navigation for our future. Educational resources are abundant and being enhanced daily. Efforts are in place to reach out to generational needs of members. There are tremendous Leadership opportunities to grow and inspire and influence changes that address comprehensive and complex patient care. AANN encompasses the vision of Neuroscience nurses and is set to focus on areas of standards of practice that the neuroscience nurse experiences. It is absolutely necessary that all neuroscience nurses know of our organization and what it has to offer.

Accomplishments in Professional Positions:

I would like to capture some of the accomplishments in Professional Positions. I currently hold a position as a Neuroscience Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist(CNS) in a large Neuroscience Institute. In the past 6 years I have been able to define what a CNS consult benefits for the patient, family, provider and environment, for the complex neuroscience patient. I am the Advanced Practice Nurse Liaison for the Pain Resource Nurse group. I am actively involved in all areas of the national patient safety goals and hospital initiatives. The CNS role has taken on as one of consultant in those areas, as well as attempts to be the voice of reason in between hospital administration and staff at the bedside. I chair the Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior committee. The focus of this committee is one of overall workplace violence education and prevention. The goal from the neuroscience arena is to acknowledge the cognitive needs of the neuroscience patient. Our 10 bed epilepsy monitoring unit holds a Level 4 certification from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers; protocols and processes in collaborative with providers, staff on the EMU. Collaborative efforts are in place with the Neuroscience Nurse Educator to launch a Preceptor Simulation course that allows for scenarios in combination with principals of adult learning.

Our Neuroscience patient population that have auto immune disorders often are requiring administration of targeted biotherapy agents. I have an active certification to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy agents and am in the process of creating and implementing a focused education plan for staff to administer specific agents in specific situations. Policy review and revision is a frequent part of my professional practice as well. I am successful in staying within the field of the Neuroscience’s, along with enveloping facility needs.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions:

I currently hold the accomplishment in leadership position of Past President of the American Board of Trustees. I am honored to say that I have been part of ABNN since 2011-2012. During my tenure with the board I have also held the Treasurer, President elect and President positions. Our board has accomplished an addition of another certification; SCRN. I was the appointed liaison to the original Test Development Committee and applaud the work that has been accomplished surrounding this venture.

In 2015, the Presidents of AANN, ABNN and AMWF came together and decided that sharing of information and coming together was necessary and timely. The Triboard emerged in unity at the national convention in April and recently at a Triboard meeting with all board members from each organization present.

I remain active with the American Epilepsy Society and have been asked to do a Podium Presentation at this year’s annual conference in December. I chair an Epilepsy Journal Club for those interested in Education, on a quarterly basis.


I am part of newly formed Mentorship Task force. This taskforce has involved members of all three boards with a united goal to create a mentorship plan with a toolkit and educational offerings.

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