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Stroke Care From Onset Through Post-Acute Care

presented by Michelle Camicia

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This course gives students an overview of emergent, acute, and post-acute management of stroke (also known as cerebrovascular accident or CVA) and the nurse’s role in management of patients who have survived a stroke. The epidemiology and etiology of stroke will be discussed. Participants will learn to identify the location of stroke and common deficits associated with stroke. Emergent care and nursing interventions that optimize clinical outcomes and functioning after stroke will be described.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Michelle Camicia, PhD, MSN, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA

    Michelle Camicia, PhD, MSN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA, is the Director of Operations for Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center at the Vallejo Medical Center. She is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Center, in addition to providing outreach, quality, and regulatory oversight. Michelle is a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. She has participated in numerous national and international advisory panels and committees related to professional nursing practice, rehabilitation, and health care reform, and has published 13 peer-reviewed publications. Michelle currently serves on the National Institutes for Health National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research, the National Quality Forum Neurology Standing Committee, and the Editorial Board of Rehabilitation Nursing, and is Chair-elect of the American Heart/Stroke Association International Stroke Conference State-of-the-Science Symposium. Michelle recently finished her doctorate in nursing and health care leadership program at The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis. She is studying the predictive validity of the Preparedness Assessment for the Transition Home after Stroke (PATH-s), a novel instrument she developed with a colleague to assess stroke caregivers' commitment and capacity for the caregiving role.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction to Stroke

    1. Introduction to Stroke

    Stroke is the leading cause of significant disability in adults, which can have a detrimental impact on families and the society. The nurse has a role in prevention of stroke through the identification and reduction of stroke risk. This chapter covers the prevalence of stroke, stroke risk factors, and stroke prevention.

  2. The Pathology of Stroke

    2. The Pathology of Stroke

    Nurses need to understand the anatomy of the brain and how the location of stroke determines the patient’s clinical presentation. This chapter briefly reviews the anatomy of the brain and areas of control, and the different causes of stroke. The clinical presentation of stroke is described.

  3. Acute Stroke Treatment

    3. Acute Stroke Treatment

    Treatment of stroke begins with emergent and acute care. Stroke management includes diagnostic, pharmacologic, surgical, and other nursing interventions. This chapter provides a brief review of emergent and acute care management of stroke.

  4. Stroke Treatment Across the Post-Acute Continuum

    4. Stroke Treatment Across the Post-Acute Continuum

    Treatment of stroke begins with emergent and acute care. Stroke management includes diagnostic, pharmacologic, surgical, and other nursing interventions. This chapter provides a brief review of emergent and acute care management of stroke.