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November 22, 2016

Seventh Annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium at PNI

by Zara Jethani

The Annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium is a one-day conference held in November each year that highlights new developments, evidence-based treatments, and neuroscience specialization in nursing practice. Amy Eisenberg, MSN, ARNP, CNRN, program director of the nursing symposium and nurse practitioner at Pacific Neuroscience Institute developed the program in 2010 along with PNI director Dr. Daniel Kelly.

Held on November 12, 2016, this very well attended conference has grown steadily over time. Originally at Saint John’s Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, the meeting has become so popular that this year it was moved to a larger venue at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica to accommodate the participants from Providence Saint John’s as well as other hospitals in the area.

Amy Eisenberg, MSN, RNP, CNRN
Amy Eisenberg, MSN,

“Because science, research and technology improve the effectiveness of our treatments and procedures, we always look forward to these symposiums,” commented Amy. “By developing this program, nurses and specialists in other health care disciplines are equipped with knowledge that will result in the highest level of quality care for their neuroscience patients.”

The program covered a variety of aspects regarding the management of neurological disorders. This year’s topics presented by top experts in the field included advances in personalized therapy for malignant tumors, leading-edge techniques used in stroke and aneurysm, treatment of movement disorders using Botox, deep brain stimulation applications, post-op management of pituitary and brain tumor surgery and endocrine management following pituitary surgery. Case studies were also presented.

Dr. Daniel Kelly spoke about the road towards developing a world class neuroscience center such as Pacific Neuroscience Institute. Other speakers included Dr. Steven O’Day, Dr. Jethro Hu, Dr. Andrew Conger, Dr. Achal Achrol and Dr. Sarah Rettinger. The movement disorders team was represented by Dr. Melita Petrossian and Dr. Jean-Philippe Langevin. Recognizing the importance of advanced neuroscience nursing experience, physicians emphasized providing a multidisciplinary team-based approach with specialty nurses playing a key role in the healing and recovery of neurosurgery and neuro-oncology patients.

“I am so privileged to work with our team of experts and nurses at the Pacific Brain Tumor and Pituitary Disorders Centers at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. I deeply appreciate and thank our physicians that participate in this program to educate nurses,” Amy said.

Symposium participants Sarah Rettinger, MD, Daniel Kelly, MD and Steven O’Day, MD.
Sarah Rettinger, MD, Daniel Kelly, MD, Steven O’Day, MD, symposium participants

An expert nurse practitioner with more than a 25 years experience in neuroscience, Amy ensures patients complete the continuity of care from first point of contact in the clinic through in-patient hospitalization and post-op recovery. Along with clinical expertise, she is committed to educating nurses. She focuses on delivery of clinically competent care, advanced practices and implementation of neurological medicine at a deeper level. To ultimately provide exceptional care to patients, Amy reinforces a team-based approach with the clinical team members having a comprehensive understanding of each specialist’s role and their contribution to patient outcomes along the many stages of recovery.

For more information about the nursing symposium, contact us at 310-582-7640.


About the Author

Zara Jethani, MS, MBA

Zara Jethani

Zara is the marketing director at Pacific Neuroscience Institute. Her background is in molecular genetics research and healthcare marketing. In addition, she is a graphic designer with more than 20 years experience in the healthcare, education and entertainment industries.

Last updated: December 9th, 2016