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Nursing: Early Mobilization in the Neurocritical Care Unit

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  • Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, CCNS, FNCS, FAHA

    Mary Kay Bader has been a nurse for 36 years with an emphasis in neuroscience/critical care nurse for 32 years. She has been CCRN certified since 1982 and CNRN since 1983;  her CCNS in 2006; and her SCRN in 2013.  She is the current immediate Past President for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and served on the Neurocritical care Society Board of directors from 2008-2012 and AANN (1997-2000).  In 2008, she was appointed as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). In October 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society in the first inaugural class of fellows.   Practicing in a variety of hospitals (teaching/community) across the country, Mary Kay Bader has functioned in roles such as ICU staff nurse, trauma nurse responder, clinical educator, clinical faculty, and clinical nurse specialist. She has held clinical and joint faculty positions at Georgetown University and Loyola University of Chicago. Currently, Ms. Bader is employed as a neuroscience/critical care clinical nurse specialist working collaboratively with neurosurgeons, trauma surgeons, neurologists, intensivists, nurses, therapists, and pharmacists.  Ms. Bader has lectured locally, regionally,  nationally and internationally on subjects such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, increased intracranial pressure, stroke, neurointerventional therapy, hypothermia, and aneurysms.     

    She has published in the following journals: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, AACN Clinical Issues, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Heart and Lung, Critical Care Nurse, Dimensions in Critical care, Journal of Trauma, and Neurocritical Care. Ms. Bader is the co-editor for the 2010 and  2004 AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing.  She is the only nursing member of the editorial board for the journal Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management. She also sits on the editorial board of the American Journal of Critical Care and is a reviewer for Critical Care Nurse and the American Heart Association. She is co-editor of 2008 AACN AANN Protocols for Practice in Neuro Critical Care. Ms. Bader is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Brain Trauma Foundation and Neuroptics.   She has received the following awards: 2009 AACN Flame of Excellence Award,  2008 AACN Circle of Excellence Award – CNS, 2005 AACN Circle of Excellence Award – Mentor, 2004 Bayada Technology in Nursing Award,  2001 AACN Outstanding Advanced Practice Nurse, 1999 Excellence Core Value Award at Mission Hospital, and 1996 Excellence in Interdisciplinary Collaboration from Georgetown University Hospital. She has been a member of the team receiving the following awards:  2001 AACN Innovision Award, 2000 AACN Multidisciplinary Team Award, and 2000 and 2008 Ernest Codman Award from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital/Organizations.

  • W. Lee Titsworth, MD, PhD

    Dr. Titsworth entered the combined M.D./Ph.D. program at University of Louisville receiving the Hays Threlkeld Memorial Scholarship. His graduate work focused on blocking phospholipase activity after spinal cord injury. His work was subsequently awarded an NIH pre-doctoral fellowship. He is scheduled to complete his residency program at University of Florida in 2016. Dr. Titsworth plans to pursue a career in academic pediatric neurosurgery.

    During his residency he also obtained a MPH from Harvard School of Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness. His research interests have center on the use of Quality Improvement efforts to decrease mobility in Neuro ICU patients. To this end he has published multiple successful projects in this area.

  • Kate Klein, RN, MS, ACNP-BC, CCRN

    Cleveland Clinic
    Cleveland, OH