Jeanette Alcorn is a physician assistant who has successfully completed an accredited education program for physician assistant, is licensed by the state and is practicing neurocritical care and vascular neurology. Jeanette was formally trained to perform many of the tasks that a physician can do. In our NeuroICU, she assesses patients, prescribes medications and assists in performing time critical procedures. Jeanette takes detailed medical histories, performs thorough physical exams, orders lab tests, x-rays, brain and spine imaging, and gives emergent therapies for reduction of pressure due to brain swelling in qualifying trauma and stroke victims. As in many states, Jeanette works under the supervision of a neurointensivist.
Prior to being a physician assistant, Jeanette was an EEG technician, trained to operate machines known as electroencephalographs, which are used to measure and record the electrical activity of brain waves via electrodes secured to the patient's scalp. Jeanette would use these devices to administer tests called electroencephalograms (EEGs), which may then detect brain disorders or damage.
Jeanette can use these tests to monitor patients during sleep cycles. She would also perform pre-test consultations and record the patient's medical history. Since the EEG can be stressful for some patients, Jeanette would also teach and explain the test procedure to patients in order to help assuage some of their fears. This teaching experience now continues to shine through in her current role of a neurocritical care physician assistant.