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The Role of the Nurse in Care of Persons With Mild Stroke

presented by Michelle Camicia

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This course gives learners an overview of mild stroke and the nurse’s role in caring for this patient population. Specific deficits that are common to mild stroke are presented. Participants will learn about risk factors of stroke and how to identify the signs and symptoms of mild stroke. A brief review of the effects of mild stroke on cognition, language, mood, activities of daily living (ADL), and mobility is given, as these conditions relate to rehabilitation of the patient with a mild stroke. Psychosocial, vocational, and family issues that impact rehabilitation outcomes in patients with a mild stroke are discussed.

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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  1. Mild Stroke Etiology and Symptoms

    1. Mild Stroke Etiology and Symptoms

    Rehabilitation nurses need to understand the risk factors and etiology of mild stroke and recognize the signs and symptoms of mild stroke. This chapter covers the risk factors, etiology, and signs and symptoms of mild stroke.

  2. Common Deficits of Mild Stroke and Rehabilitation

    2. Common Deficits of Mild Stroke and Rehabilitation

    Rehabilitation nurses need to recognize the common effects of mild stroke on cognition, language, mood, ADLs, and mobility to develop an appropriate plan of care. This chapter briefly reviews common deficits seen in mild stroke patients and how rehabilitation interventions improve functioning. The sequelae of gaps in necessary rehabilitation care will be explored.

  3. Psychosocial, Vocational, and Family Issues Related to Mild Stroke

    3. Psychosocial, Vocational, and Family Issues Related to Mild Stroke

    Mild stroke may have significant psychosocial effects on the stroke survivor and impact the entire family system. Issues such as the impact on the family, psychosocial effects, and the impact of vocational participation are reviewed in relation to rehabilitation outcomes among survivors of mild stroke.