How to Become a Neuroscience Nurse: Salary, Job Outlook, Job Description

Nurse speaks with woman near MRIA neuroscience nurse helps patients who suffer from neurological problems, including head and spine injuries or illnesses, such as Parkinson’s disease, meningitis, encephalitis, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Neuroscience nurses also provide care for with patients suffering from strokes and birth defects affecting the nervous system.

Table of Contents
How to Become a Neuroscience Nurse
Education Requirements
Neuroscience Nurse Job Description
Personality Traits
Career Options
Neuroscience Nurse Certification
Professional Organizations

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not provide information specific to neuroscience nurses. The website does provide an overview of this information for registered nurses who may work as neuroscience nurses.

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Level of Education Required Associate degree or Bachelor Degree in Nursing
Board Examinations needed NCLEX-RN, RN-BC
Average Salary (2014) $67,000
# of Jobs (2012) 2,712,000
Job Outlook (2012 to 2022) 19% growth

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov

Salary information courtesy of Indeed: http://www.indeed.com/

How to become a neuroscience nurse

To work as a neuroscience nurse, the candidate:

  • Must have an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Must have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • May pursue additional education in neuroscience
  • May pursue voluntary certification as a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN)

Education requirements

To work as a neuroscience nurse, one must get an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). The individual must also pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

A nurse may seek certification as a neuroscience nurse. Certification shows the nurse has special education and expertise in the field of neuroscience. The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) offers Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) certification by exam. To be eligible to sit for this exam, the applicant must have at least two years’ of full-time experience providing direct or indirect neuroscience nursing care within five years prior to taking the exam.

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Job description

A neuroscience nurse provides nursing care to patients with brain and nervous system disorders. Duties include administering medications, monitoring neurological exams and consulting with physicians. Because neurological problems may make some patients act erratically, neuroscience nursing is challenging and rewarding. Neuroscience nurses may work in hospitals, healthcare clinics, brain injury units and in rehabilitation.

Personality traits:

  • Analytical
  • Compassionate
  • Patience
  • Good communication skills

A neuroscience nurse reports to a nurse manager or nurse supervisor.

Career options

Typical workplaces for a neuroscience nurse include:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Outpatient care facilities

Job outlook for neuroscience nurses is good. The risk for neurological problems, such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease, increases with age. Neuroscience nurses will be in high demand as the Baby Boom generation ages.

Certification information

A nurse working in neuroscience may seek certification as a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) by exam. To be eligible for the exam, the candidate must have a current, unrestricted license as a registered nurse. The individual must have completed at least two years (4,160) hours practicing as a neuroscience nurse within five years of application.

CNRN certification is valid for five years.

Professional organizations

American Association of Neuroscience Nurses: http://www.aann.org/