Neuro Nurse Crash Course
Become practically prepared for your first day on a neuro nursing unit
This course is designed for nurses new to the care of neuro patients. Information is straight to the point, practical, and knowledge you can apply to your very next shift. These topics are applicable to both the neuro nursing floor and the neuro intensive care worlds.
- Abbreviated neuro anatomy
- Neuro disease processes
- Primary and secondary injury
- All things sodium
- Neuro orientation
- Neuro nursing report
- Mastering the neuro assessment
- Time management
- Brain death and organ donation
- Resources and references
Includes an optional 5.0 continuing education credits (2.0 of which are pharmacology hours)
Meet the Authors!
Kati Kleber, MSN RN CCRN-K
Kati graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2010. She worked in a cardiac medical-surgical unit for two years before working in a neurosciences critical care unit for four years. She obtained her critical care certification (CCRN) from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in 2015, and has experience as a certified preceptor and charge nurse, peer review, expert witness, policy and procedure review, and was shared governance chair at a major hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. She currently works in the same cardiac medical-surgical unit she worked at upon graduating nursing school in Central Illinois recently obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing Education at Capella University.
Kati has published five books, three of which with the American Nurses Association.
Melissa Stafford, BSN RN CCRN SCRN
Melissa graduated from nursing school in 2000, and after a short time on a medical surgical floor, transitioned to neuro critical care. During her career, she has precepted many nurses, taught classes ranging from neurological/neurosurgical specific subjects to general critical care medicine, been involved in shared governance and resides as chair for nursing peer review. Melissa has worked in neurointensive care for over 15 years.
Melissa is a nationally-certified critical care nurse (CCRN), as well as a nationally-certified stroke nurse (SCRN).
Melissa enjoys spending time with family, painting, watching sports, visiting the beach whenever possible, and vacationing at Disney World.
With this course, you'll learn how to...
Assess conscious and unconscious neuro patients
Speak to providers with confidence
Give a concise yet thorough neuro nursing report
Utilize the medical record to paint a complete clinical picture
Manage your time on a busy unit
Make sense of all of the complex neurological disease processes
Educate patients and families about what they're experiencing
Notice subtle neuro changes
"I work in a highly acute neuro/cardiac ICU and just received major kudos from my preceptor because of my detail neuro assessment! Thank you so much!"
- Zara, RN
"Thank you, this course was really helpful also to a ward neuro nurse with some experience but it consolidated my knowledge with new and existing resources."
- Kate, RN
"I'm a brand new nurse who will be working on neuro and medical ICUs. I have an awesome preceptor, but there is only so much you can learn during a shift. This course was fantastic on helping me with Neuro assessments and disease processes that weren't gone over in depth during nursing school."
"I really enjoyed this course. I have been a nurse for awhile, but was mostly cardiac focused. This was a great refresher. Thank you!"
- Amy, RN
"I decided to take this Neuro Crash Course because I currently work on a neuro stepdown/telemetry unit, and would like to start working towards getting my stroke certification and my neuro certification. There was a lot of content that I didn't know, and found the different video samples to be very handy in configuring the way I give handoff report. I am excited to see future courses come out to gain more knowledge in different subject areas."
- Fallon, RN