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Holistic Care for Persons With Parkinson's Disease

presented by Sarah Murray, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

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Financial— Sarah Murray receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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Video Runtime: 54 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

This course will provide introductory education on Parkinson's disease for nurses and other health care professionals who work in acute and/or rehabilitation settings. The course will describe the symptoms of the disease and the side effects of the medications commonly prescribed to this patient population. Understanding these concepts can assist the clinical team in preventing complications and promoting faster healing and rehabilitation. This course will be presented in three chapters. Chapter One provides an overview of the current state of the science regarding Parkinson's disease. The second chapter describes important implications the disease has for patients during their hospital stays. The third chapter describes the long-term outcomes for people with Parkinson's disease. Understanding the typical course of the disease stages as well as how to educate and provide resources can improve long-term outcomes and also prepare people with Parkinson's disease for future hospitalizations.

Meet Your Instructor

Sarah Murray, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

Dr. Sarah J. Murray started her career as an Army combat medic in 1993, then went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1998. Since that time, she has earned an MSN in adult health nursing from the University of Texas at San Antonio in the clinical nurse…

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1. Overview of Parkinson’s Disease

This chapter will promote the understanding of the basic epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatments, and medications of Parkinson’s disease. In addition, this chapter will discuss the stages and typical progression of Parkinson’s disease, and the impact it has on the individual and the family or caregivers. Also, this chapter will discuss the motor and non-motor symptoms that frequently impact those living with Parkinson’s disease.

2. Implications for Health Care Professionals in the Hospital Setting

This chapter will discuss the important data that should be gathered regarding the patient’s Parkinson’s disease during the admission assessment. These data will include details that will help the clinical team plan the care for the patient. The importance of medication management and the timing of physical therapy and meals to best support the patient’s recovery are explored. Surgical options for some with Parkinson’s disease are also presented.

3. Long-Term Outcomes for People With Parkinson’s Disease

This chapter will help improve the nurse’s ability to understand, identify, and explain to patients and families the stages of Parkinson’s disease. These stages follow a somewhat predictable pattern. Therefore, the health care team can prepare these patients for the disease trajectory and provide helpful guidance for the future with education and information on available community resources.

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