• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Johanna Demirjian, RN, MSN, APNC
Peer Reviewer(s): Sandra Brettler, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN
Item#: N1202
Contents: 1 Course Book (40 pages)

Traumatic Brain Injury

Price $19.95
Item # N1202
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

More than one million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States each year, and about five million Americans have long-term disabilities as a result of such injuries. TBI is caused by motor vehicle accidents (including automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents), falls, physical assault, and sports-related injuries. In addition, TBI has been called the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The nurse’s role in the care of a patient with TBI is critical for the best possible patient outcome.

This course presents an overview of TBI and describes essential patient care and management from the acute through the rehabilitation phase. It begins with a classification of brain injuries, including primary and secondary brain injury, focal injury, and diffuse injury. Signs and symptoms are described, and nurses will learn about the effect of injury to the brain’s functional areas, including the lateral brain. Care of the patient with traumatic brain injury is described, including inpatient critical care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation and community care. The course closes with a discussion of the long-term complications of TBI, which can include seizures, chronic headaches, hydrocephalus, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, infections, vascular injuries, cranial nerve damage, and pain. 

Course Objectives
  • Describe the pathophysiology and brain anatomy that is most often involved in TBIs.
  • List the major etiologies of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
  • Describe the clinical presentation of TBIs.
  • List two complications associated with a TBI.
  • Discuss acute care critical care inpatient rehab and outpatient rehab management for patients with TBI.
Johanna Demirjian, RN, MSN, APN C, is a nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in medicalsurgical and neuroscience nursing. She has been working with patients with brain injuries and neurologic disorders as an advanced practice nurse for the past 6 years. Her experience involves hospital and private neurology and physiatry practice settings. Ms. Demirjian is certified in neuroscience nursing and currently manages the stroke program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton New Jersey. She has published articles and courses in the areas of neurology and stroke.
Sandra Brettler, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years, with more than 15 of those as a neuroscience nurse. She is currently working as the Neurosurgery Nurse Coordinator for the Department of Neurosurgery at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, managing the Gamma Knife and Deep Brain Stimulator programs. Ms. Brettler graduated with her bachelor's degree in nursing from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and received her master's degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care/Neurotrauma. She is the 2008 president of the local chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. She is also active in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and serves on the Board of Directors for her local chapter of AACN. Ms. Brettler has published a chapter and several articles and has presented on neuroscience and critical care topics at the local, national, and international levels.
  • 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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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.