Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner

Care for neurosurgery patients before and after their operation.
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Salary Range
$44,000 – $95,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioners do?

Brain surgery is extremely difficult. Indeed, even Brain Surgeons (that is, Neurosurgeons) find it challenging. Luckily, they often have Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioners to help them care for their patients.

If you’re one of those Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioners, you’re what’s called an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or ACNP, which means you’ve been specially trained to treat critically ill patients who’ve been admitted to the hospital for inpatient care. An ACNP who’s been assigned to work with one or more Neurosurgeons, you’re basically responsible for looking after patients who are in the hospital undergoing neurosurgical procedures.

Although a Neurosurgeon, of course, does the actual surgery, he or she relies on a Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner to do pretty much everything else before and after it — and, sometimes, to assist during it. Your duties, for instance, include typical nursing duties such as doing physical examinations, recording patient histories, taking blood, and administering IVs and injections. They also include conducting diagnostic tests, dispensing medications, and educating patients and their families. In addition, you’re responsible for performing specific neurosurgical procedures, like the insertion of lumbar drains and arterial catheters, and the reprogramming of shunts.

Although many of those duties are common to NursesRegistered Nurses, in particular — you have more education and more training than most of your nursing peers, which qualifies you to do more, and in many cases act as a substitute Physician (or, if you prefer, a “Super Nurse”!).


Should I be a Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to Become a
    Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner

    Most Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioners have a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaa9e&chl=||||master%27s+%2893%25%29|doctorate+%287%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,93
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