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Australasian Journal of Neuroscience

Australian Association of Neuroscience Nursing

Subject: Nursing


ISSN: 1032-335X
eISSN: 2208-6781



The Brain on Fire: A Case Study on Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis
Considering Causes for Hypoactive Delirium

VOLUME 25 , ISSUE 1 (May 2015) - List of articles

Editorial and Guest Editorial

Vicki Evans/ Miriam Priglinger

DOI: 10.21307/ajon-2017-106

Describing the role and function of Care Advisors in the Motor Neurone Disease Association of West Australia.

Gilly Smith

Background: The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association of Western Australia provides information, education and advocacy for people living with MND. The role and function of the personnel who provide this service has not been described in the literature and is therefore poorly understood by both healthcare professionals and the public. Purpose: To describe the role and function of the West Australian Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA [WA]) Care Advisors (CAs). Method: Ethnographic observa(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ajon-2017-107

Central Pontine Myelinolysis

Leigh Arrowsmith/ Christopher Tolar

Central Pontine Myelinolysis (CPM) commonly presents as a complication of treatment in patients with profound life threatening hyponatraemia. It occurs when the sodium level is corrected too rapidly. Hyponatraemia should never be corrected at a rate greater than 8-10mmol/L of sodium per day. Rapid correction causes extracellular tonicity and will continue to drive water out of the brain’s cells leading to cellular dysfunction. Frequent clinical signs include dysphagia, dysarthria, diplopia and a(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ajon-2017-108

Both Sides of the Counter

Colin Woodhouse

Colin is a neuroscience Registered Nurse originally from the United Kingdom (UK). He had his first seizure in the UK. He and his family emigrated to Christchurch, New Zealand in 2007. Whilst at work on the neuroscience unit, Colin had another seizure resulting in a significant head injury. He was in rehab when the deadly Christchurch earthquake hit. Both Sides of the Counter covers his experience as a neuroscience nurse caring for others and then how things can quickly change - as a neuroscience(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ajon-2017-109

Importance of a Multidisciplinary Team Approach for Optimizing Pituitary Surgery Outcomes

Amy A. Eisenberg/ Nancy Mclaughlin/ Pejman Cohan/ Chester Griffiths/ Garni Barkhoudarian/ Daniel Kelly

Pituitary tumors including pituitary adenomas and related lesions such as craniopharyngiomas and Rathke’s cleft cysts present with a wide range of hormonal and neurological signs and symptoms resulting in a variety of referral pathways. A multidisciplinary approach to the diagnostic evaluation and treatment plan is essential to optimise outcomes. The patient is seen by each member of the team, including neurosurgeon, endocrinologist, head & neck surgeon, nurse practitioner and in some instances (..)

DOI: 10.21307/ajon-2017-110

Effectiveness of the Sitting Position Without Back Support

Nobuko Okubo

Purpose: In the field of neuroscience nursing in Japan, the “sitting position without back support” (SB) has promoted earlier ambulation, improved level of consciousness, and prevented disuse syndrome in patients with disturbance of consciousness and impaired mobility. This research was conducted with the aim of examining if respiratory function improved using SB on acute patients on ventilation in ICU. Method: The research design involved daily administration of SB to 10 participants in a contr(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ajon-2017-111

The lived experience of adults with myasthenia gravis: A phenomenological study

Trudy Keer-Keer

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a disorder of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) that causes fatigue and fluctuating muscle weakness (Hickey, 2009). The physiology of this disease is well understood and there are numerous medically focused articles that outline historical data, randomized controlled trials of treatment options and unusual case studies. The nursing literature about MG is limited and dated. The aim of this study was to examine and understand the lived experiences of adults with MG. An int(..)

DOI: 10.21307/ajon-2017-112

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