If you’re a neurosurgery NP, CNS, or PA, you have a lot of nerve! It takes focus and intelligence to master this highly specialized and complex field of medicine.
One of the things we admire most about neuroscience nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) is your ability to make the connection. You understand how disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system affect the entire body. Whether you practice in the operating room, the clinic, critical care, or the acute care unit, you’re treating complex conditions. Despite it all, you show compassionate care for people facing cognitive and physical difficulties and make a difference for each patient you meet.
Advice for Neurosurgery NPs, PAs, and CNSs
We asked Maura Hamilton, MS, CPNP-PCAC, RNFA to share her perspective as a Pediatric Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
“The field of neurosurgery is continually evolving. I am fascinated by the amount we still do not know about the brain. This, of course, means there is much to learn. I think it’s really exciting to work in a profession filled with continuous learning
Although I fell into the neurosurgery world, the challenging nature of the field is what makes me continue down this path. I also enjoy the high level of autonomy.
To succeed in this fast-paced field of medicine, it helps to have a calm demeanor, and the ability to handle stress and rapid change. I’ve also found that the best neurology NPs and PAs have good prioritization skills and want to push the envelope – never settling – as they strive to practice at the top of their ability.”
When it comes to knowing what’s happening in healthcare today, there’s no substitute to hearing from highly skilled and experienced professionals like Ms. Hamilton. If you’d like to learn more, please leave a comment below.
Top Jobs In Neurology and Neurosurgery
Our jobs board has opportunities for Advanced Practice Providers who take a mindful approach to the evolving field of neurology. If you are a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or physician assistant who is considering a change, we welcome the chance to help you find your dream job!
This week we are featuring five neurology positions at different hospitals across the country.
- Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital has a great opportunity in Pennsylvania for AC PNP to provide expert care for children with the most complex conditions and disorders requiring neurosurgery.
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is looking for a skilled AC PNP to consult on pediatric neurology patients within the hospital’s intensive care units.
- At the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, a PA is needed to provide inpatient and outpatient neurosurgery services. This no-weekend, no-call position is open to experienced new grads.
- In Orlando, Florida, Nemours Children’s Hospital needs a PA First Assist to provide services in pediatric neurosurgery.
- Penn State Hershey Medical Center has a great adult neurosurgery position for an NP with advanced nursing skills and experience.