This updated third edition is a detailed reference for nurses and other health care providers who care for children with neurosurgical conditions. The explanations of pathophysiology, anatomy, neurodiagnostic imaging, and treatment options for each neurosurgicaldiagnosis will help to clarify the rationale behind the nursing care. Descriptions of presenting symptoms, history and findings on neurological examination will help nurses understand the neurological disorder and identify problems. New chapters have been added on skulland scalp anomalies, pediatric concussion, abuse head trauma and on neuroimaging. Each chapter includes case studies, impact on families, patient and family education, and practice pearls. Staff and student nurses working in clinics, critical care units, pediatric units,operating rooms, post-anesthesia care units, emergency departments, and radiology departments will benefit from the information presented. Although this book is written for nurses, child life therapists, physical and occupational therapists, medical students andneurosurgery residents will also find it helpful. Parents of children with neurosurgical disorders will also find it a useful resource in understanding their child’s condition.
Cathy C. Cartwright, MSN, RN-BC, PCNS, FAAN is a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and Director of Advanced Professional Practice at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to this position, she worked at the Children’s Hospital, UniversityHospitals and Clinics, Columbia, Missouri in a variety of positions, including Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurosurgery, Manager of Pediatric Services, Pediatric Outreach Coordinator, and Manager of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She has received manyawards, including the 2015 Magnet Nurse of the Year for Exemplary Professional Practice, an Excellence in Advanced Practice Award from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, March of Dimes Future of Nursing Award (Pediatric) and a Circle ofExcellence Award (Management). She was President of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses in 2009-10, having previously served on its Board of Directors. She has an extensive publication record and has given numerous national and internationalpresentations.
Donna C. Wallace is currently a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Neurosurgery Division of Banner Children Specialists, at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. Prior to that, she was a Nurse Practitioner for 16 years at the Barrow Neurological Institutein Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Wallace has been a manager, and has also held several teaching positions. She has received several awards including the Mary Decker Mentorship Award, and the Excellence in Advanced Practice Award, from the American Association ofNeuroscience Nursing (AANN). Additionally, she has served on the AANN Board of Directors. Her passion for writing has resulted in numerous articles and lectures.