WVUH to celebrate Neuroscience Nurses Week

Week to kick off with special lecture

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals will kick off its celebration of Neuroscience Nurses Week (May 17-23) with a special nursing lecture.

Kathy Baker, R.N., immediate past president of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) will present “Neurological Issues: When to Worry, When to Call” from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 18, in the WVU Health Sciences Center’s Fukushima Auditorium.

Baker currently serves as a shift supervisor for HealthSouth Hospital of Pittsburgh and has worked in neuroscience for 25 years. She assisted with the building and opening of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and the development of the Neuroscience Program at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She also served as a nurse manager on a neuroscience floor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Shadyside Hospital.

As the immediate past president of the AANN, whose term ends in March 2010, Baker was the initial chair of the Clinical Reference Series, which published the Guidelines for the Care of the Patient with Intracranial Pressure Monitoring, Ischemic Stroke and Seizures. She was the only registered nurse and woman appointed to the Charter International Board of Directors of the World Spine Society. She has spoken on various neurological topics at local, state and international conferences.

Other events to be held throughout the week include a Neurosciences Nurse “Thank You” Celebration, the first meeting of the local AANN chapter, the WVU Stroke Fair and the Neurosciences Nurses Week Picnic Celebration.

For more information on the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, see www.aann.org.

For more information on WVU Healthcare, see www.health.wvu.edu.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087

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