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International Neuroscience Nurses Symposium

Join us for a two day educational event in sunny Northern California that will welcome clinicians, managers, nurses, physician assistants, nurses scientists and educators working in the field of neuroscience. The Neuro Assessment boot camp will provide a broad overview of neuro anatomy, hands on learning for neuro assessment and an introduction to neuro monitoring and neuro imaging. The full day conference will feature a line up of international speakers on TBI, Stroke, Epilepsy, Movement disorders and more.

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International Neuroscience Nurses Symposium

Join us for a two day educational event in sunny Northern California that will welcome clinicians, managers, nurses, physician assistants, nurses scientists and educators working in the field of neuroscience. The Neuro Assessment boot camp will provide a broad overview of neuro anatomy, hands on learning for neuro assessment and an introduction to neuro monitoring and neuro imaging. The full day conference will feature a line up of international speakers on TBI, Stroke, Epilepsy, Movement disorders and more.

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WFNS-15th Interim Meeting ANIN Nurses Expo

The Association of Italian Neuroscience Nurses invites you to attend their conference celebrating their 40th anniversary. The conference will be held in collaboration with the WFNS at the Rome Marriott Park Hotel, from September 9, 2015. The conference will welcome nurses from across the world to explore nursing education, research and clinical practice.

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World Parkinsons Congress

More than 3,500 people from 65 countries will attend the WPC 2016 in Portland, OR. They will learn about cutting edge science, clinical research and comprehensive care from some of the most renowned health professionals, researchers, and advocates who are living with Parkinson's.

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Dawn
08/21/15

Upcoming WFNN conference in Sacramento

The WFNN is in the final stages of planning an outstanding 2-day conference in Sacramento, California. Slated for September 24-25th, 'International Neuroscience Nurses Symposium'. Christi, our outstanding President has been very hard at work, planning, organizing and arranging for outstanding speakers. We even have a silent auction and wine tasting! Please see our advertisement on the right hand of the site for complete details. Come join us in a beautiful city for a fun filled few days and come away with gained knowledge and new connections. See you there! Dawn

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Dawn
06/28/15

National Canadian Conference

I just came back from the national Canadian meeting in St. John's Newfoundland where I had the chance to do a few talks, one on neuroassessment and another on assessment of the deteriorating patient. One of my talks was with my adult and paediatric colleagues from Sick Kids Hospital and Toronto and my colleagues from the University Health Network in Toronto.
St. John's Newfoundland is located in the furthest province in Canada and is essentially surrounded by the north Atlantic ocean. The people are known to be extremely friendly and are considered 'the salt of the earth'. What a time we had! The city is beautiful, abet a bit damp at the time, but the Canadian neuroscience board, the conference organizers, hotel and city put on a great conference. The conference was well organized, showcasing some up-and-coming excellent sound speakers. more importantly the value of national connection is never lost. If you ever have a chance to visit very large Canada, make sure you try and stop in this outstanding city. You will be guaranteed a great time. Cheers Dawn

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Christi
08/03/15

In-Hospital Stroke: Time is Brain!

Stroke is a common neurologic disease and some patients suffer stroke while in the hospital for another reason. Most people would think that they "are lucky to be in the hospital." But is that true? A recent Canadian study compared 973 patients with in-hospital stroke to 28, 837 with community-onset stroke to evaluate the processes of stroke care delivery (time to neuroimaging and rates of thrombolysis, as well as outcome). The data proved just the opposite. Patients who presented from the community had significantly faster imaging and thrombolytic treatment from symptom recognition.

It's not really surprising that emergency departments are more efficient with rapid work up and treatment since that is their primary function. But skilled neuroscience nurses can play a vital role in changing this by developing protocols that promote symptom recognition, expedite imaging and thrombolytics for those that are eligible. Time is Brain!! To learn more, please read the original JAMA publication.JAMA Neurol. 2015;72(7):749-755. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.0284.

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Christi
07/13/15

Smart technology for epilepsy

More than 80% of all patients with epilepsy experience a rapid rise in heart rate at seizure onset. Cyberonics has recently released a new VNS (Vagal Nerve Stimulation) device- AspireSR- that detects ictal tachycardia and automatically provides stimulation. This smart technology known as cardiac-based seizure-detection (CBSD), may reduce seizure severity or help to terminate seizure activity. Long term data is still needed to better understand how this technology will impact long term epilepsy control and quality of life. To learn more, please read the originally published studies: Nevalainen O, et al. Neurology. 2014 Nov 18;83(21):1968-1977. Eggleston KS, et al. Seizure. 2014 Aug;23(7):496-505. http://www.aspiresr.com

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Christi
06/30/15

Study shows gender difference in pain transmission

Bedside nurses of the future may be checking the gender of their patient before considering the best pain management strategies.

A recent animal model study showed that gender played an important role in pain transmission and that different immune cells were responsible for pain perception in male and female mice.

The researchers found that interfering with microglia function blocked pain in male mice but not female mice.

"The realization that the biological basis for pain between men and women could be so fundamentally different raises important research and ethical questions if we want to reduce suffering," states Dr. Mogil.

The study was published in Nature Neuroscience and was conducted by researchers from McGill University, Duke University and The Hospital for Sick Children. Original source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/296042.php

Upcoming Events:

International Neuroscience Nurses Symposium

Join us for a two day educational event in sunny Northern California that will welcome clinicians, managers, nurses, physician assistants, nurses scientists and educators working in the field of neuroscience. The Neuro Assessment boot camp will provide a broad overview of neuro anatomy, hands on learning for neuro assessment and an introduction to neuro monitoring and neuro imaging. The full day conference will feature a line up of international speakers on TBI, Stroke, Epilepsy, Movement disorders and more.

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Click for details

WFNS-15th Interim Meeting ANIN Nurses Expo

The Association of Italian Neuroscience Nurses invites you to attend their conference celebrating their 40th anniversary. The conference will be held in collaboration with the WFNS at the Rome Marriott Park Hotel, from September 9, 2015. The conference will welcome nurses from across the world to explore nursing education, research and clinical practice.

Click for details

World Parkinsons Congress

More than 3,500 people from 65 countries will attend the WPC 2016 in Portland, OR. They will learn about cutting edge science, clinical research and comprehensive care from some of the most renowned health professionals, researchers, and advocates who are living with Parkinson's.

Click for details