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Release Date: December 20, 2017
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurologic disorder in the United States, with as many as 3 million people affected. It is a chronic neurologic condition consisting of recurrent and unprovoked seizures that can be associated with a wide range of seizure types and can vary in severity from person to person. Epilepsy is associated with multiple comorbid conditions affecting mental and physical health. Patients with epilepsy (PWEs) experience seizures – a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that can affect the musculoskeletal system or how a person feels – with varying frequencies. However, experiencing a seizure does not constitute a diagnosis of epilepsy if there is an identifiable and alterable underlying cause, such as low blood sugar.This course will prepare RNs who are providing direct care to patients with a diagnosis of epilepsy. The target audience for the course is comprised of RNs providing care to patients in nonspecialized neurology units in a variety of settings (outpatient, acute care, and community).
- Describe issues relevant to the assessment, diagnosis, and management of a patient with epilepsy
- Discuss the medical, surgical management, nursing care, and the legal issues of patients experiencing
seizures or those with a diagnosis of epilepsy.
- Discuss strategies to address and improve the self-management needs of people with epilepsy.
Wendy R. Miller, PhD, RN, CCRN, is an adult health clinical nurse specialist and assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing. Dr. Miller’s program of research is focused on improving the quality of life of adults with epilepsy via self-management interventions. Her clinical background is in critical and neurocritical care. She serves in leadership roles for the American Epilepsy Society, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, and the International League Against Epilepsy. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed, epilepsy-related research articles.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- 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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