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International Nurses Day: a day in the life of Suzy Walter

To mark International Nurses Day this month (12 May), we’re asking neuroscience nurses from across the field to share their typical working days, what inspired them to become a nurse and the challenges that are present in the field.
In this interview, we speak to Suzy Walter, PhD, FNP-BC, CNRN, an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, West Virginia University (WV, USA). Suzy is also a certified family Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Pediatric Neurology at West Virginia University and is a Trustee of the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN; IL, USA) – an independent, not-for-profit corporation established to design, implement and evaluate a certification program for professional nurses involved in neuroscience and its subspecialties.

What does your typical working day involve?

My day starts at 8 AM. My work consists of teaching MSN/DNP and PhD students and I practice in a Pediatric Neurology clinic. I typically write in the morning especially when I have a grant or paper deadline. Once I am done writing for the morning, I then go to the triage cue in EPIC, our electronic health record, to make calls to my patients. Since the Spring semester is coming to a close, I will work on Summer courses and work on syllabi with my colleagues. I will also begin work on a practicum orientation in which I integrate patient simulations for our MSN/DNP students starting clinicals in the Fall. Since I teach in the graduate courses, my classes are usually scheduled from 4 PM to 7 PM.

What led you to become a neuroscience nurse? Did you always want to work in nursing?

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