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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Esther Bay, PhD, ACNS, BSN
Peer Reviewer(s): Megan T. Moyer, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNRN
Item#: N1784
Contents: 1 Course Book (60 pages)
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Traumatic Brain Injury, 2nd Edition

Price $22.95
Item # N1784
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Release Date: March 29, 2018

Expiration Date: March 31, 2021

Approximately 2.8 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year in the United States. For those who survive, treatment rarely ends upon exiting the emergency department. In fact, the complications and ramifications can be life-long.

This course discusses the identification, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnostic tools used for all levels of TBI evaluation. Nurses learn the structural and functional relationships of TBI to regions of the brain, prevention of secondary injury during initial phases of care, possible behavioral and cognitive changes associated with TBI, and the interventions needed to minimize sequelae for patients with TBI.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the prevalence and etiology of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States.
  • Discuss the different types of TBI and the related pathophysiology.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of TBI.
  • Discuss essential nursing care of the adult with acute TBI across the continuum of care.
  • Explain the sequelae and long-term complications from TBI.

Esther Bay, PhD, ACNS, BSN, is a clinical associate professor with expertise in traumatic brain injury (TBI), holis­tic health practices, and mental health. Beginning as a trauma nurse and a critical care nurse, Dr. Bay has cared for patients with all levels of brain injury severity. Later, she realized that many people with TBI subsequently enter the mental health setting for treatment of psychiatric disorders without attention to their baseline TBI deficits. Seeking more knowledge about the psychiatric disorders that complicated the trajectory of recovery, Dr. Bay began a PhD pro­gram at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Her dissertation focused on explanatory mechanisms of post-TBI depression and exploring cortisol responsivity. She completed a postdoctoral training program at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Science, that focused on aging and TBI. Dr. Bay has completed four post-PhD studies focused on persons with TBI and depression, most recently an intervention study on mindfulness approaches versus healthy living after TBI. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on this topic and has written more than 30 publications focused on TBI and postinjury comorbidities.

Megan T. Moyer, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNRN, has been a certified neuroscience registered nurse (CNRN) for more than 13 years. Ms. Moyer has provided advanced practice nursing care in collaboration with the neurosurgeons and the neurointensive care team for a 22-bed unit at an academic medical center for the past 10 years. Previously, she was a bedside neurology nurse in both the neurointensive care unit and the neurosurgical floor. In January 2017, she transitioned to the Department of Neurology at Penn Medicine to help implement the TBI clinical research team. Ms. Moyer provides expert clinical consultation for the TBI patient population, enrolls patients in TBI clinical research, and manages chronic issues that TBI patients experience in the outpatient setting. She provides in-depth neurological expertise for patients who experience long-term consequences of TBI, often years after the initial injury. Ms. Moyer has volunteered in community outreach efforts to target TBI prevention and also started a monthly TBI support group at Penn Medicine in August 2017 to meet an unmet need for this patient population.

  • 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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  • 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.