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Fast Facts for Stroke Care Nursing

SKU# 9780826127174

An Expert Guide in a Nutshell

Author: Kathy Morrison MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN

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"[P]rovides a succinct yet comprehensive review of the evolution of stroke patient management. The text starts with a brief overview of the anatomy and physiology, tying it to the types of strokes, the assessment, and diagnostic tools. Acute measures and prevention of secondary injury are outlined and lead us to review the potential complications and finally the rehabilitation and patient/family education. Particularly helpful is the inclusion of the Brain Attack Coalition, The Joint Commission, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services core measures.[The author] has done an excellent job of keeping this book appropriate for everyday use."

--From the Foreword
Linda Littlejohns, MSN, RN, FAAN, CNRN

The best aspects of the book are that it is easy to read and factual, and it includes a wide range of information... I enjoyed the book. It is easy to read and navigate. Nurses will find it extremely helpful and valuable in the clinical setting. This is a good addition to a clinical library." Score: 98, 5 Stars.--Doody's Medical Reviews

This highly practical, pocket-sized reference for stroke care nurses provides quick, bedside access to the most current guidelines for diagnostic tests, state-of-the-art treatments, and best-practice standards. This resource distills lengthy and often complex national stroke care guidelines into clear, bite-size pieces of information. It also explains the rationale behind stroke standards, making them easier to embrace and incorporate into practice.

The book is organized consistently to foster rapid information retrieval. Each chapter includes objectives and such helpful features as "Fast Facts in a Nutshell," targeted segments that provide critical information at a glance. The guide also serves as an instructive resource for nurses not specializing in neurology but who are increasingly being called on to care for stroke patients. The book is also a helpful resource for stroke program coordinators and as a review for SCRN and CNRN certification exams.

Key Features:

  • Reflects current standards of the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, and The Joint Commission
  • Provides crucial information at a glance about diagnostic tests, state-of-the-art treatments, and best-practice standards
  • Distills lengthy and complex national stroke care standards into clear, concise information
  • Includes a comprehensive review of diagnostic studies
  • Serves as a concise review for SCRN and CNRN certification exams

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 07, 2014
  • Page Count 232
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826127174
  • EISBN 9780826127181

About The Author(s) 

Kathy J. Morrison, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA, is a certified neuroscience nurse, a certified stroke nurse, a Fellow of the American Heart Association, and a recipient of the prestigious Pennsylvania State Nightingale Award for Clinical Nursing Excellence. As the stroke program manager for the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, she oversees all aspects of stroke care, from prehospital through stroke clinic follow-up. She played a pivotal role in Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s attainment of The Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center certification and has mentored many stroke program coordinators through the process of attaining Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Center certification. Ms. Morrison serves on The Joint Commission Expert Panel for Stroke Center certification standards.

Ms. Morrison’s published works have appeared in nursing journals and neuroscience course curricula. Her book, Fast Facts for Stroke Care Nursing, has been well received in the nursing community, both as a handy guide for stroke care nurses and as a preparation tool for the SCRN® certification exam. In addition to speaking nationally on stroke-related topics, she is active in community stroke screenings and awareness lectures and facilitates a regional stroke survivor support group. She established the Stroke Coordinators of Pennsylvania (SCoPA) in 2010—a group of stroke coordinators whose collaborative work has resulted in significant improvements in stroke care and outcomes in community hospitals across central Pennsylvania. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, a member of the American Heart Association Professional Education Committee and Hospital Accreditation Science Committee, a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Advocacy Committee, and a board member of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Table of Contents 

Foreword by Linda Littlejohns


Part I - Foundations of Stroke Care

1. Timeline of stroke care evolution: How we got here

2. Basic Cerebrovascular Anatomy

3. Stroke Types

4. Physiology of Stroke

5. Associated Stroke Disorders

6. Diagnostics

7. Neurological Assessment

8. Severity Scores

Part II – Saving the Penumbra

9. Acute Ischemic Stroke Interventions

Part III –Procedural Interventions for Secondary Prevention

10. Ischemic Stroke

11. Hemorrhagic Stroke

Part IV –Key Stroke Care

12. Pre-hospital & Emergency Department (ED)

13. In the Stroke Unit

14. In the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) by Susan J. Pazuchanics

15. Patient and Family as Members of the Team

Part V - Post-Acute Care Essentials

16. Rehabilitative Care

17. Secondary Prevention

Part VI – Primary Prevention Essentials

18. Primary Prevention

Part VII – Evidence-based Practice

19. Connecting data to clinical setting

Appendix –Neuroscience Terms


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