Fostering Neuroscience Nursing in the United Kingdom
The Newsome Neuroscience Nursing Scholarship was conceived of by the proponents of the Barrow Neuroscience Nursing Program in the United Kingdom by way of the Barrow Neurological Foundation U.K.
It is designed to replicate the Newsome Neurosurgery Fellowship, in which recipients of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious neurosurgery prize visit Barrow Neurological Institute for up to 6 weeks to observe our surgeons in action.
Though patients are touched profoundly by our neurosurgeons at Barrow, the patient’s primary experience of undergoing surgery and recovery at Barrow most heavily involves our neuroscience nurses. As such, benefactors of the Barrow U.K. Foundation felt that nurses would also benefit greatly by traveling to Barrow to observe and learn from our world-renowned nursing faculty. In turn, these nurses bring this knowledge back to share with their colleagues in the U.K., and by extension raise the standard of care in their home country.
The scholarship is funded by the U.K. branch of the Barrow Neurological Foundation and administered by the British Association of Neuroscience Nurses (BANN). Nurses competing for the scholarship submit a paper and propose a research thesis to pursue while at Barrow.
While at Barrow, nurses on the Newsome Scholarship observe care firsthand in the following areas:
- Neurological Intensive Care Unit
- Neurotrauma and Neuroscience Emergency Room
- Long-term acute care
- Neurosurgical Operating Rooms
- GammaKnife Radiosurgery
- Support Groups
- Neurological Rehabilitation
- Scholarship recipients also learn about the research activities conducting by the Barrow Neuroscience Nursing faculty
The first two nurses to receive the scholarship finished their rotation at Barrow in 2012 and have since presented their findings to the BANN.