Epilepsy Nurse Specialist

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    How does one become an Epilepsy Nurse Specialist? Is there any specific certificate I can get to become one? I am a BSN RN and am working on my MSN now. I also have epilepsy and had sucessful surgery 12 years as well. I would love to be an Epilepsy Nurse Specialist but am not aware of how to go about it. Hope you can help. Thanks, Barinbass
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    I dont want you to think no one cares so i will post a reply...I have no idea nor have I ever heard of that. If you find out post some info
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    I am also interested in taking this path. I hope you've gotten some information on this - and you are willing to share! (I also had a successful surgery)
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    Here's a listing of Epilepsy Centers in the US: http://www.naeclocator.org/locator/resultsall.asp. I'd recommend trying to work at the one nearest to you. I'm an RN on a Neuro Unit at Tampa Gen, which has one of the few comprehensive epilepsy centers in the state, and care for patients on our long term seizure monitoring unit. I've learned soooo much in the past two years I've worked there. I'm not sure about certification. Contact one of the centers, and perhaps they can give you that info.
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    Thanks for the replies. I think that getting the right letters might get me the respect I would need to work in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers. I would choose no other area unless it is with the Neurosurgery team. I too have had succesful surgery. Very glad there are those with our experience as well as others interested in working in this area. It is very much needed from my experience as a patient and as a nurse. it also will be the most fullfilling thing I have ever done. Barinbass
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    Did you ever find out more information about being an epilepsy nurse specialist?
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    I also want to become a nurse specializing in epileptology. I have epilepsy, and my epileptologist and her nurse inspired me to become a nurse. They both have help me out so very much with EVERYTHING but Myla, the nurse who was there, left last year before I had the chance to ask about any programs for nurses specializing in epileptology. My dr. is an assistant professor at Baylor University for med students but I'm still going to ask my her about any programs she may know for nurses.
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    Hey everyone! I too have epilepsy and would love to take this path. Currently with the help of a (V.N.S.) Vagus nerve stimulator implant and two epileptic medications I only have two seizures a month (mostly in my sleep). Please let me know what it would take/post any additional information you discover on this topic here.
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    I'm assuming this is what you all are thinking of...? http://www.esna-online.org.uk/index.asp

    Seems to be a UK thing.

    In the US, the only assosciation/specialty I'm aware of is the Certified NeuroSciences nurse (NSRN) http://www.aann.org/credential/content/index.html
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    thanks for the helpful links!

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