Editor’s note: “Need to Know” is a series inspired by common forum questions and comments from readers. Have a comment or question about MS? Visit our forum. This week’s question is inspired by the forum post, “Life Is Better with a Local MS Nurse?” published on August 24, 2019. Share your concerns, questions, or experiences in the comments below or at the original forum entry.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.
This year’s theme: “Nurses: A Voice to Lead—Nursing the World to Health.”
The International Council of Nurses writes that this year’s commemoration “will be extra special because the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and because it will be the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth.”
No doubt the entire world in 2020 continues to praise the dedication of entire brigades of nurses everywhere, many doing work diligently and far beyond the safety of their specialties.
Today I shine a light on those trained to serve the unique microcosm of healthcare service known as MS nursing.
What’s an MS nurse?
While MS may challenge researchers to find both cause and cure, it’s still a disease that’s treatable and manageable.
The nursing profession determined in the latter part of the 20th century that specially trained nurses — advanced practice nurses (APNs) — could help with multiple facets of MS disease management. The following outlines the various ways in which an MS nurse does more than simply check your vital signs.
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