In this month’s Magnet® Perspectives column, the recipient of the 2016 Magnet Nurse of the Year® Award for New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements shares her journey to develop and disseminate a mobile application for nurses who care for neurological patients. “Neuroscience nurse” puts the latest, evidence-based information at the fingertips of nurses at the bedside in an effort to increase confidence when caring for patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological impairments.
Nurse practitioner Christi DeLemos explains where she got the idea and how she went about implementing it. She also discusses the ways in which the Magnet® environment at University of California (UC) Davis Medical Center encouraged and supported her. Since neurological nurse was released in 2015, more than 3000 users in 19 countries have downloaded it. The app’s success led to the production of a teaching video to help nurses perform a neurological examination. In addition to her role at UC Davis Medical Center, DeLemos is president of the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses.