Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, SCRN

Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, SCRN

Brittney is a registered nurse and SCRN who served as the Stroke Coordinator at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. Her passion for stroke patients and the acute stroke care process led her to her current position as Implementation Specialist at Pulsara.

Recent posts by Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, SCRN

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Lessons in Care Coordination from a Kitchen Remodel

By Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, SCRN on Jun 10, 2020

Right before shelter-in-place struck, my husband and I started remodeling our kitchen. It’s a relatively small kitchen, and we have done the majority of the work ourselves. Because of this, the number of people needed to complete the job was significantly smaller than if we had hired a contractor.

However, over the last few months I have grown increasingly frustrated by trying to coordinate communication between the small number of individuals required to finish the job! Between window installers, countertop installers, and tile installers, I have been making tons of phone calls trying to keep the ball rolling and ensuring everyone is lined up appropriately. It’s a lot of work keeping track of everyone, and it takes up a ton of time just to make sure everything will run like it’s supposed to.

You may be wondering how this relates to time-sensitive emergencies. Kitchen remodels are the polar opposite of time-sensitive emergencies in most ways — after all, they’re not at all life threatening or serious. But as I began to realize, they can be equally as frustrating in the coordination and communication department.

Topics: Communication Technology Connected Teams
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Fire Chief Signs Teams up for Pulsara ... and Then They Use it to Respond to His Own Heart Attack

By Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, SCRN on Mar 18, 2019

“When I signed us up [for Pulsara], I had no idea I’d be one of the patients to use it.” -  El Dorado Fire Chief Mosby.

Topics: STEMI Communication
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Meet the New AHA Target: Stroke Phase III Goals with Pulsara

By Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, SCRN on Feb 25, 2019

Target: Stroke, launched in 2010 by the American Heart Association, was a quality improvement initiative aimed at helping stroke centers reduce their door-to-needle treatment times.

At the 2019 International Stroke Conference, the AHA released phase III, which will give facilities the ability to be recognized for their efforts of faster door-to-needle times while also giving first-ever goals for Endovascular Treatment. Facilities who meet the new Phase III requirements will have the ability to be recognized starting in 2020.

Topics: Stroke
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New Data Shows MR CLEAN Trial Results Extend to at Least Two Years

By Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, SCRN on Apr 11, 2017

“I think it will help you as a doctor to know you’re doing a treatment not only for 3 months, but that the treatment benefit is going to last for at least 2 years,” said Yvo Roos, MD. “It’s going to help you be more convincing to the relatives that you’re doing the right thing, that you’re doing something that’s really going to help them."

Topics: Stroke
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Treating Wake Up Stroke with tPA: New Data Suggests Feasibility

By Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, SCRN on Dec 27, 2016

With an estimated 25%, or 1 in 4 strokes considered "wake up strokes," where the patient wakes up to find they've suffered deficits and are unsure how long it has been since symptom onset, it's no wonder treatment of these patients is a hot topic of conversation. Without a known onset time, conventional wisdom suggests we should not treat with tPA. However, A recent prospective study published in Annals of Neurology, challenged this idea and examined the safety of treating wake up strokes with rtPA.

Topics: Stroke
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6 ways to Increase Stroke Team Engagement

By Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, SCRN on Apr 14, 2016

“Nobody plays. Yourself included. I’m supposed to wear myself out for the team? What team? Nah, nah what I’m gonna do is look out for myself and get mine.”

“See man, that’s the worst attitude I ever heard.”

“Attitude reflects leadership…captain.”

These words were spoken by actors portraying Julius Campbell and Gerry Bertier on the football team in Remember the Titans, however, these could very easily be words spoken in regards to struggling Stroke Teams around the nation.

Topics: Stroke Leadership
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Frustrations of Stroke Coordinators

By Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, SCRN on Jul 31, 2015


Lions, Tiger and Bears... OH MY!

Do you ever feel like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz? Only your chant is "Guidelines, Influence, Data... OH MY!"

These three words describe the life of a Stroke Coordinator.

Topics: Stroke Coordinators' Corner