Ep. 05 - Neuroscience Nursing and Becoming an ACNP - Dale Shaw, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CNRN

July 20, 2021

On this episode, we had the amazing opportunity to talk with an acute care nurse practitioner about her experience in the field of neuroscience nursing. Special guest, Katherine Dale Shaw, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CNRN, discussed what goes into preparing for a career in neuroscience nursing, what life looks like as an acute care floor nurse, how the nursing field has changed throughout her career, and more in this packed episode.

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We Discuss

  • (0:00) An introduction to Dale and her background as an ACNP
  • (5:22) Specializing in neuroscience nursing during school
  • (14:22) A look at a typical neuro patient population
  • (22:49) Life as an acute care floor nurse
  • (31:46) How the nursing field is changing over time
  • (39:11) Nursing education rounds
  • (52:45) The most gratifying aspects of being an acute care NP
  • (54:33) Characteristics of a successful ACNP

About Katherine Dale Shaw, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CNRN

Dale Shaw has been a nurse since 1980. Her nursing career began in a Neuro Intensive Care Unit. Her nursing career included Neurosurgery acute care, research, and outpatient at academic hospitals. She has been an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner since 1999 working with adult acute care Neurosurgery patients. She was one of the first ACNPs in the University hospital where she continues to work. To keep up with Dale’s nursing journey, follow her on Instagram!

About the Show

Producer - Jonathan Cary

Assistant Producer - Katie Schrauben

Show Notes - Sam MacKay

Music - Editing - Aidan Dykes

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