Neuroscience CNRN Review Course

About the Program
This two-day program is designed to present a comprehensive review of care of the neurological/ neurosurgical adult. The content presented will assist the experienced neuroscience nurse in preparing for the certification exam (CNRN®). This content should also benefit Medical-Surgical nurses in caring for their Neuro patients.The time allotted for each system reviewed is an approximation of emphasis of the CNRN exam content. The Core Curriculum is used as an outline or guide for content.

  • Contact Hours offered
  • In the event a speaker is unable to present, an equally qualified faculty may be substituted. 
  • Break and refreshments are provided. Lunch on your own. 
  • Free parking is provided.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of the course, the participant will be able to discuss for the specific neurologic system:

  1. Physiology and anatomy
  2. Clinical Assessment
  3. Pathologic conditions

    1. Diagnosis
    2. Treatment
    3. Nursing Process

Sample Agenda

Day 1
(7:30 AM- Registration )

8:00 AM- 5:30 PM

  • CNS Functional Anatomy and Physiology-Overview including Neurodevelopment
  • Neuro assessment, evaluation and Diagnostic; Cranial Assessment, and Diagnostic Imaging; MRI, CT, Myelography
  • Brain Tumors: Contrast and Comparison
  • Degenerative Disorders: MS, MG, Parkinson’s, Dementia’s including Alzheimer’s
  • Seizures: EEG and Anticonvulsant Drugs

Day 2
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 

  • Head Trauma; Intracranial Dynamics:CBF,CBV, CPP and CSF Production and Drainage
  • Neuro endocrine: SIADH, Pituitary Malfunctions
  • Vascular Neuropathy: Stroke, AVM, Aneurysms
  • CNS Infections: Encephalitis, Meningitis; Guillain Barre, AIDs, and  
  • Spinal Cord A&P and Peripheral Neuropathies Pathophysiology: Spinal Cord Injuries, Cord Syndromes, Back and Neck Disorders: Diagnosis

Rosemarie Girardeau, RN, CCRN, CNRN
President Peachtree Chapter AANN

Clinical Educator, Intergra Neurosciencesä

Barbara Mclean, MN, CCRN CCNS-NP FCCM
Critical Care Education Consultant
President of Critical Concepts, Inc.

Tricia Westbrook RN, MSN, CNRN, FNP-C
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Northeast Georgia Health System

Mary Larsen MSN, RN, CS, CNRN, CCNS
Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist
Neuroscience Consultant

Sandra Clements RN, MN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Emory Epilepsy Center

Shelly Fields-Ryan RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN, FNP-C
Staff RN WEO 5GICU- Emory Healthcare GSU-PhD Doctoral Student

Angela Dietz, RN CNRN
Critical Care Staff Resource RN
WellStar Health System

Jean Pruitt RN, MN, CCRN, FNP
Clinical Coordinator Neurosciences
Emory Healthcare, Emory University Hospital

Application for CNRN Exam

The CNRN® exam is given in the spring at a variety of locations. For  more information, visit the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing CNRN Web site or use the contact information below.

The American Board of Neuroscience Nursing
4700 W. Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL  60025-1485
fax 877/734-8677

Qualifications for the CNRN exam:

  1. The candidate must have current and unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in the United States.
  2. The candidate must be a professional nurse engaged in Neuroscience Nursing clinical practice or as a consultant, researcher, administrator or educator who has completed at least two years full time (4,160 hours) of direct or indirect neuroscience nursing practice as a registered nurse in the last five years at the time of application.