Complete Neuroscience Care Team

In addition to the neurology doctors and neurosurgeons involved in your care, your team may also include many other nurses, therapists, and care providers. 

Types of Neuroscience Team Nurses

The nurses on your care team may include:

  • Advanced practice registered nurses: Registered nurses with graduate degrees in advanced practice nursing who are licensed to provide a broad range of health care services. They combine clinical practice with advanced education, research and clinical leadership. They may take a patient's history, perform a physical examination, order laboratory tests and procedures, diagnose, treat and manage disease, write prescriptions, coordinate referrals and teach disease prevention through healthy lifestyle choices. APNs play a vital role in Premier Health’s stroke clinics.
  • Registered nurses: Provide direct care to patients and are responsible for a patient's overall case management. 
  • Home health nurses: Provide care in the homes of patients who may be elderly or disabled, recovering from an accident or surgery, or suffering from a serious illness.
  • Patient care technicians (PCT): Members of the health care team who perform direct and indirect patient care tasks under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Therapists on the Neuroscience Team

The therapists on your care team may include:

  • Occupational therapists (OT): Help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments.
  • Physical therapists (PT): Work to restore function in patients with impairments, limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes.
  • Respiratory therapists: Evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. 
  • Speech therapists: Assess, diagnose, and treat disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency. 

Other Neuroscience Team Members

Other members of your care team may include:

  • Dietitians: Food and nutrition professionals who help to promote good health through proper eating, develop modified diets and educate individuals about good nutritional habits.
  • EEG (electroencephalogram) technicians: Operate specialized equipment that measures and records the electrical activity of the brain as a series of irregular lines on a continuous sheet of graph paper.
  • Integrated case managers (ICM): Registered nurses, social workers, or both who help families locate community resources, assist in crisis interventions, provide counseling, educate patients about their diagnosis, and respond to the unique needs of families. 
  • Pharmacists: Prepare and provide medicines that a physician or nurse practitioner prescribes for patients.
  • Physician Assistants (PA): Work with a physician to provide medical care and guidance needed by a patient.

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