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Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.
The purpose of this course is to provide licensed practical nurses and registered nurses with the knowledge needed to care for patients who have seizures. Seizures or epilepsy can be a manifestation of many disease entities; thus, seizures are considered a symptom rather than a disease. Nursing assessment of seizure is described, as are nursing interventions. The etiology of seizures is described, including cerebral, biochemical, posttraumatic, and idiopathic causes. Precipitating factors for seizures and their pathophysiology are discussed as well. Nurses will learn about the international classification of seizures, including partial seizures and generalized seizures.
The course describes the diagnostic process, which includes history, laboratory studies, electroencephalogram, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Nurses will learn about the management of patients with seizures. Medical management includes the use of anticonvulsant drug or anti-epileptic drugs, and nurses will learn about Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare, systemic, allergic reaction to a medication that occurs most commonly with antiepileptic drugs. Only a small percentage of patients are considered good candidates for surgical management. Such procedures include cortical mapping, palliative corpus callosotomy, temporal lobe resection, hemispherectomy, and vagus nerve stimulator. Nurses will learn about the pathophysiology and management of status epilepticus and about Todd’s paralysis, a transient weakness that occasionally occurs after a seizure. Important aspects of patient and family education are discussed, including legal issues.
- Identify seizures based on their clinical presentation.
- Discuss pharmacologic and surgical approaches.
- Describe observations and interventions during a seizure.
- Discuss patient and family education to promote safety and compliance.
- Identify legal issues facing patients with seizure disorders.
Jeanne K. Clancey, RN, MSN, CNRN, is a neuroscience clinical nurse specialist at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She has worked in neuroscience nursing for more than thirty years as a staff nurse clinical coordinator and clinical nurse specialist. Her primary focus the last 25 years has been in neuro-oncology. She has lectured locally nationally and internationally on topics related to neurosurgery neurooncology and pain management. She is the author of several journal articles on neuro-oncology topics.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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