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Neuro Review

Presented by: Karen Marzlin

Course Description:
This course is a component of the Acute and Critical Care Comprehensive Curriculum
Have you always found to neuro to confusing and complicated? Would you like to have increased clarity about the neurological conditions you see in clinical practice? If so, this review is for you. In this class Karen will lead you to a clear understanding of neurological issues facing your patients and you will gain expertise and confidence in your practice.

Course Content:

  1. Stroke
  2. Brain Tumors
  3. Dementia / Encephalopathy
  4. Meningitis / Encephalitis
  5. Seizures
  6. Neuromuscular disorders
    1. Multiple sclerosis
    2. Guillain–Barre syndrome
    3. Myasthenia Gravis
    4. Parkinson’s Disease
    5. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  7. Intracranial physiological principles
  8. Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring
  9. Patient management of elevated ICP
  10. Closed head injury
  11. Intracranial hematomas
    1. Subdural
    2. Epidural
    3. Intracerebral
  12. Skull Fracture
    1. Linear
    2. Depressed
    3. Basal
  13. Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  14. Neurosurgery
  15. Spinal cord injury
  16. Coma
  17. Brain death

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe similarities in presentation of ischemic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral hematomas, and brain tumors based on the location of the brain that is injured.
  2. Outline important nursing interventions in the acute and subacute phases of stroke.
  3. Describe the typical course of treatment for the most common brain tumor.
  4. Define priority nursing interventions in the patient having a seizure.
  5. Compare the presentation of meningitis to encephalitis.
  6. Contrast the pathophysiology of various neuromuscular disorders.
  7. Synthesize management strategies used to decreased ICP and increase cerebral perfusion pressure.
  8. Compare subdural hematoma to epidural hematoma.
  9. Describe potential complications of each type of skull fracture.
  10. Differentiate between re-bleed and vasospasm in a patient with a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  11. Correlate nursing care with prevention, recognition, and management of potential complications after neurosurgery.
  12. Discuss psychological implications of spinal cord injury for the patient and family.
  13. Identify criteria for brain death.

Continuing Education:
3.56 CE including is awarded for completion of this program. CNEA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15714.

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