What's it like working on neurology unit?

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    Hi everyone, I was just thinking about different specialties. Can you guys give me some information about what it would be like to work on a neurology floor (pediatric neurology would be awesome!)

    What are the pros? Cons? Patient population like? What type of personality do you think would fit? Turnover rate, comparatively?
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    neuro med or neuro surgery ? and if surgery heads or spines ?
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    Zippy I would class neurology as (Neuro) medicine and surgery as neurosurgery


    Quote from WANT2BANURSESOON
    Hi everyone, I was just thinking about different specialties. Can you guys give me some information about what it would be like to work on a neurology floor (pediatric neurology would be awesome!)

    What are the pros? Cons? Patient population like? What type of personality do you think would fit? Turnover rate, comparatively?

    Neurology is extremely challenging and difficult work and quite often your patients are not going to get better so much of the work can be palliative, degenerative and slow decline. It can range from increasing fits with epilepsy to end stage degenerative conditions. Lots of time is spent with investigations, trials of treatments and hoping for that relapse, but the reward is those patients who do get symptom relief and do get benefits from the treatments that are given and can go home to have some productive and quality time with their families.
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    I've been a neuro nurse for 3 years. It can be rewarding when you see a patient recover from a trauma or you see a medication start to work and a patients symptoms retreat. It can also be very frustrating and sad. Many neuro diseases have no cure and can leave a patient a shell of their former selves. MS, ALS, Dementia, CVA, TIA are just SOME of challenges you'll face. Personally I love it.
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    I too would like information on what to expect working on a Neuro floor. I just accepted a position on a Neuro PCU floor. Anybody experience on a PCU floor. I am so excited to start working. I have just finished nursing school and this will be my first job.
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    RN2B0511-
    I'm curious to see how things are going for you. I start my accelerated RN program in June and I'm looking into specialties...Neuro is interesting to me. Thanks for any sharing :-)
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    I just discovered today that I'll be doing my first placement in Neuro - I have to say I'm pretty excited
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    I am a new grad about to start on a Neuro floor and every time I tell a veteran nurse where I'm going to work they kind of give me some variation of a foreboding reply like an "Uh oh" or "oh... that's... tough". Has anyone else gotten that reaction?
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    Quote from pdxmomazon
    RN2B0511-
    I'm curious to see how things are going for you. I start my accelerated RN program in June and I'm looking into specialties...Neuro is interesting to me. Thanks for any sharing :-)
    I will come back and let you know. I just do not start working on the floor until the end of June.
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    Quote from GiantJerk
    I am a new grad about to start on a Neuro floor and every time I tell a veteran nurse where I'm going to work they kind of give me some variation of a foreboding reply like an "Uh oh" or "oh... that's... tough". Has anyone else gotten that reaction?
    Interesting. I would guess that that is based on a given population- do/will you have more epileptics, strokes, or...? Neurology is similar to orthotics, in that you tend to have significant levels of depression, new learning, coping issues, altered family roles, etc..

    As my wife has noted (an RT)- Neuro is nuts, Pulm is phlematic, GI is FOS, Ortho is hardheaded... Tends to be fairly true.
    mrsmamabear2002, cateye112, and Nierdo like this.


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