Title: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Retired)
Company: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Location: Santa Monica, California, United States
Norma McNair, Retired Clinical Nurse Specialist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in stroke and traumatic brain injury nursing.
Even as early as high school, Dr. McNair knew she was destined to help people. After volunteering in health care work, it cemented the direction of her path. She first earned a BSN from California State University, Sacramento in 1976 and continued at Yale University to receive an MSN in 1985. She considers earning a PhD in traumatic brain injury from the University of California, Los Angeles as one of the highest achievements in her career. Prior to retiring in 2018, Dr. McNair served as a clinical nurse specialist in vascular surgery, plastic reconstructive surgery, and ortho trauma at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She joined the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in 1991 as a clinical nurse specialist in neurosurgery and the ICU.
Dr. McNair’s earlier career positions included garnering experience at the University of Phoenix, Mercy General Hospital, Hermann Hospital and University of Texas Health Sciences Center, the Hospital of St. Raphael, Sutter General Hospital, The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, and the University of California Davis Medical Center. Throughout her career, she attained proper certifications to provide the highest quality of care to her patients. These include Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN), American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (2013-Present); Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (1998-Present); Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (1988-Present); Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN), American Board of Neuroscience Nurses (1986-Present); Certified Critical Care Nurse (CCRN), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (1979-Present); Post-Master’s NP Certificate, California State University, Long Beach (1997); Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider and Instructor, American Heart Association, Los Angeles, CA (1990-2018); and a Certificate from The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London, England (1981).
Dr. McNair currently serves as the President of the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing which is the certifying body of the organization and is the chair of the Stroke Science Subcommittee of the Cardiovascular Stroke Nursing Council of the American Heart and Stroke Association. In addition to being recognized with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. McNair has been honored with the Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award from the American Association of Neuroscience News in 2014 and the Third Place Prize in Poster Presentation, “Predictors of Neurological Outcome in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury,” at the Seventh Annual Evidence-Based Practice Conference with the UCLA Health System and UCLA School of Nursing that was awarded by Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Tau Chapter-at-Large in 2008. She was also honored with the Audrienne Moseley Funds Award for Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Special Reader from 2004 to 2009.
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