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Rehabilitation Nursing for Neurological Diseases

presented by Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN

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Financial: Kristen Mauk receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also currently serves as President, CEO, and consultant for Senior Care Central. Non-Financial: Kristen Mauk has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Rehabilitation nurses often care for patients or clients with neurological diseases of a chronic nature. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of common neurological diseases seen in rehabilitation, including Parkinson’s disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), myasthenia gravis (MG), Huntington’s chorea, and post-polio syndrome (PPS). Basic pathophysiology of these disorders is presented along with rehabilitation nursing strategies for assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation.

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Meet Your Instructor

Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Mauk has been a Professor of Nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a Professor of Nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She…

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1. Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one of the most common neurological disorders in older adults. The pathophysiology of PD is discussed in this chapter along with signs and symptoms. Rehabilitation nursing management of the person with PD is presented, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.

2. Multiple Sclerosis

Current research on multiple sclerosis has provided new information about patterns of progression. The pathophysiology of MS is discussed in this chapter along with signs and symptoms. Rehabilitation nursing management of persons with MS is presented, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.

3. Guillian-Barré Syndrome

The history and pathophysiology of GBS is discussed in this chapter along with risk factors, signs, and symptoms. Assessment and diagnosis in the acute phase of the disorder is reviewed. Rehabilitation nursing management of persons with GBS is presented, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.

4. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

ALS is a degenerative, fatal neurological disease. Persons with this disorder experience deterioration of motor function while sensory function remains intact. The pathophysiology of ALS is discussed in this chapter along with signs and symptoms. Rehabilitation nursing management of persons with ALS is presented, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Ethical issues at end of life for those with ALS are discussed.

5. Lupus, Myasthenia Gravis, Huntington’s Disease, and Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS)

The pathophysiology of lupus, MG, Huntington’s disease, and post-polio Syndrome (PPS) are discussed in this chapter, along with risk factors, signs, and symptoms. Acute and comprehensive management is reviewed, particularly with relationship to the family and relationships. Rehabilitation nursing management of persons with these disorders is presented, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions and long-term care planning.

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