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Clinical Practice Guidelines and Evidence-Based Reviews for Neuroscience Nurses

The guidelines and reviews in the AANN Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) series provide an overview of evidence based practices for nursing management of specific patient populations with neurological injuries.

CPGs and evidence-based reviews are available for free to members and the general public. Please click the "download" button to view the documents. Some CPGs and reviews have associated continuing education (CE) credits, available via a CE bundle of a webinar and an online exam.

Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs)

Clinical Practice Guideline: Care of the Patient with Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Medical and surgical management of patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) has been extensively studied, with numerous organizations conducting critical reviews of the scientific literature to formulate evidence-based recommendations. However, nursing management of this population has been examined less, and evidence-based recommendations are needed to guide nursing care when working with these high-risk patients.

In response, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) appointed a writing group to conduct a critical review of the literature to determine best-practice recommendations for nursing care of patients with aSAH.

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Clinical Practice Guideline: Mobilization of the Patient After Neurological Insult

This clinical practice guideline is currently under development.

Evidence-Based Reviews for Clinical Practice

Evidence-Based Strategies for Care of the Patient with Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation

The purpose of this review of the literature is to provide nurses with evidence-based strategies to care for adult patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and movement disorders requiring deep brain stimulation.

The target population for this review is the adult client with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, or dystonia. Although this review was not created for the pediatric client, many of the recommendations may apply to the pediatric client with movement disorders.

AANN members can access 2 CE for free by viewing a recorded webinar and completing an exam. Non-members can access the CE bundle for the list price of $40.

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Care of the Pediatric Patient with a Brain Tumor

The purpose of this evidence-based review is to provide an up-to-date and thorough review and assessment of the literature; nursing care recommendations based on the evidence in the literature; and, in the absence of published scientific evidence, recommendations based on expert opinion. The intended audience is bedside nurses caring for pediatric patients with brain tumors.

This comprehensive, yet concise, review will serve as a reference for the care of children with brain tumors, from acute diagnosis to long-term survivorship.

AANN members can access 2 CE for free by viewing a recorded webinar and completing an exam. Non-members can access the CE bundle for the list price of $40.

This publication was supported by an educational grant from the American Brain Tumor Association.

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Care of the Adult Patient with a Brain Tumor

This evidence-based review summarizes nursing literature related to brain tumors, with a focus on the adult patient, and to create a reference for neuroscience nurses who care for patients with brain tumors throughout their lifespan across the continuum of care.

AANN members can access 2 CE for free by viewing a recorded webinar and completing an exam. Non-members can access the CE bundle for the list price of $40.

This publication was supported by an educational grant from the American Brain Tumor Association.

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Care of the Patient with Myasthenia Gravis

The purpose of this evidence-based review is to summarize literature about myasthenia gravis (MG), with a concentrated focus on the adult with acquired MG, and to create a reference for neuroscience nurses who care for the patient with MG across the continuum of care throughout the lifespan.

AANN members can access 2 CE for free by viewing a recorded webinar and completing an exam. Non-members can access the CE bundle for the list price of $40.

This publication was supported by an educational grant from the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc.

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Cervical Spine Surgery: A Guide to Preoperative and Postoperative Patient Care

Degenerative cervical spine disease is a common problem associated with aging. It is often asymptomatic or experienced as episodic neck pain.

This evidence-based review is a valuable resource for nurses responsible for the care of spine patients. It is not intended to replace formal education but rather to augment the knowledge of clinicians and provide a readily available reference tool.

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Neurologic Assessment of the Older Adult: A Guide for Nurses

The purpose of this evidence-based review is to assist registered nurses, patient care units, and institutions in providing safe and effective care to older adults with neurologic conditions. Whether the older adult is experiencing an acute neurologic event or a chronic disabling condition, nurses are pivotal in assessment, treatment, and continuing care.

Resources and recommendations for practice should enable nurses to provide an optimal assessment of the older adult in order to inform best practice.

This publication was made possible, in part, by support of the author by a Claire M. Fagin Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Fellowship from the John A. Hartford Foundation and Multidisciplinary Research Career Development Award 5 K12 RR023265-03 from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

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Care of the Patient Undergoing Intracranial Pressure Monitoring/External Ventricular Drainage or Lumbar Drainage

This evidence-based review is currently under development.

Nursing Management of Traumatic Brain Injury

This evidence-based review is currently under development.

Clinical Practice Guideline Series Disclosure

A staff member, volunteer or family member who has an affiliation with a commercial company must declare that relationship in advance of involvement with an education activity that could be used as a forum to promote interest of that company and its products. None of the authors or planners has anything to disclose related to this activity.

Non-endorsement of products: AANN does not endorse any products in any of the CPGs.

CPG Contributors

AANN thanks the volunteers and staff for their contributions on these publications.

Publisher

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses

Editor

Molly McNett, PhD, RN, CNRN, FNCS, FAAN
mcnett.21@osu.edu

Editorial Board

Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, SCRN—Past Editor
sarahlynnlivesay@yahoo.com

Joan Censullo, PhD, RN
jlcensullo@yahoo.com

Donna Hunt, MSR, RN, CCRN
dhunt@saint-lukes.org

Lori Rhudy, ACNS-BC, PhD, RN, CNRN
rhudy.lori@mayo.edu

Angela Starkweather, PhD, RN, ANCP-BC, CNRN, FAAN
angela.starkweather@uconn.edu

Deborah Tran, DNP, RN, CNRN, SCRN, NE-BC
deborahtran@texashealth.org 

Managing Editor

Bryan O'Donnell
BOdonnell@Connect2amc.com

CPGs from Other Associations

If you are looking for a clinical practice guideline on a topic not listed above, try our list of CPGs from other associations. AANN also offers many other publications and educational offerings.