The Neurosurgery Department will be hosting a Neurosurgery Didactic and Cadaver Lab for all nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, November 12-13, 2021. The two-day course will give attendees an in-depth immersion in neurosurgical practices, disease states, and anatomy. It includes a full day of didactic lectures on Friday (Day 1) and a hands-on cadaver lab on Saturday (Day 2).

“Our neurosurgical patients are becoming increasingly complex,” said Nurse Practitioner Suzi Shane, NP, RN (who is no longer with the U, but helped develop the course). “Continued education that specifically focuses on this patient population is imperative to providing the highest quality care.”

Andrew Grande, MD

Neurosurgeon Andrew Grande (pictured at left), MD, created the course in partnership with the Department’s advanced practice practitioners (APPs) and Neuroanatomy Lab director Sean Moen. Grande and the APPS will also teach the course.

“Our goals include teaching and reviewing neuroanatomy, the neurological examination, discussing different disease conditions such as aneurysms; reviewing management of increased intracranial hypertension and herniation syndromes, and issues that neurosurgical providers and nurses may encounter while taking care of patients in the ICU,” explained Shane. “The primary focus is on inpatient neurosurgical nursing.”

A total of 13.5 CME Credits are available for attending both days of the course.

For more information and to register.

If you have additional questions, please contact Zhac Rahkonen,, 612-624-6666.