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

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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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