Profile: Mrs. Shinnar has been a neuroscience clinical nurse specialist at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York for twenty years. She received her nursing diploma from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing in Utica, New York in 1974 and her bachelor of science in nursing from the State University of New York at Utica/Rome in 1982. In 1984, Mrs. Shinnar received her master of science in nursing, specializing in medical/surgical neuroscience, from Yale University School of Nursing. Mrs. Shinnar is a certified medical/surgical clinical specialist, as well as a certified neuroscience registered nurse.
Having worked in the hospital setting as staff, head, and supervising nurse as well as an independent advanced practice nurse the majority of her time is now spent in research, with primary areas of interest: coping and adaptation to illness, especially in regard to the family’s response to epilepsy. Other interests include the relationship among patient advocacy, health education, and quality of life, as well as the effects of epilepsy medical treatments on the daily activities of patients and their families. Mrs. Shinnar has written and lectured extensively regarding these issues.
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Treatment If in fact an evaluation has been made that confirms your seizure type has changed you may need to change medications. If you are now having seizures when they had previously been controlled it may mean that the medication you were taking does not work for the type of seizure you are now having. […]