Baylor Nursing Professor Named Certified Neuroscience RN of the Year

May 2, 2007
News Photo 4090Jacqueline S. Neatherlin

by Frank Raczkiewicz

Dr. Jacquelin Neatherlin, a professor in Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing and an expert in neuroscience nursing, has received the Melanie Minton Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse of the Year award, presented May 1 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses in Orlando.

"I am really excited about this award for many different reasons, but mainly because the award is named in memory of a dear colleague and friend of mine," Neatherlin said. "Melanie helped in starting the certification exam and served on the initial board of trustees for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. When she died a couple of years ago, the award was named in her memory. I am honored to receive it."

A Baylor alumna, Neatherlin has taught at Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing for the past 16 years. In addition to teaching, she has practiced neuroscience nursing in hospital and clinical settings. Before coming to Baylor, she taught at the University of Virginia Health Science Center and the University of Texas School of Nursing Health Science Center in San Antonio. She also spent 11 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at three different locations. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, she instructed nurses how to take care of patients with neurological and neurosurgical problems, spoke to patients about their diseases and served as a consultant throughout the facilities where she worked.

Her research includes such issues as head trauma to the elderly, vulnerable subjects in neuroscience nursing and school-based management of chronic childhood asthma. She speaks nationally and internationally and has served as chair of the Test Development Committee for the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse exam.

Neatherlin received a plaque for the award.

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