CANN Standards of Practice were first approved by the CANN Board of Directors in 1983. The development of these standards was critical to CANN’s recognition by CNA as a specialty nursing group. The CANN Standards of Practice were subsequently revised in 1988 and 2008. The current revisions (2019-2021) reflect the variety of neuroscience nursing practice areas and settings in an increasingly complex healthcare environment. The revised Standards of Practice also reflect changes in neuroscience nursing practice with an emphasis on caring for clients across the lifespan, in varying health states across the care continuum, rather than on single episodes of illness requiring hospitalization. Embedded in these Standards of Practice is the important role neuroscience nurses play in shaping public health policy through our response to situations such as global health crises, social movements and health inequities. The intent of the new Scope of Practice statement and revised Standards of Practices is to describe neuroscience nursing practice broadly enough to include all sub-specialty areas, but specific enough to be remain relevant.


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