Long-term care neuroscience: A viable specialty area for nursing?

Steve M. Smith

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    Despite difficulties in assessing the numbers of neurological patients residing in long-term-care facilities, there is evidence to suggest that people with advanced disorders such as Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis are being nursed in both “specialized” and nonspecialized homes by staff members with varied levels of relevant training. Evidence supports the view that special units can improve the quality of life for clients with advanced neurological conditions. In view of the likelihood that many nurses in nonspecialized homes will continue to care for neurologically impaired patients, a philosophy for nursing and standards suitable for establishing long-term care as a viable area within neuroscience nursing can be determined.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)38-43
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Neuroscience Nursing
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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