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Stroke Certification Study Guide for Nurses

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Stroke Certification Study Guide for Nurses

SKU# 9780826119636

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Author: Kathy Morrison MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN


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This sought-after companion to the author’s popular Fast Facts for Stroke Care Nursing is a must-have study guide for nurses seeking Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN®) status. It contains comprehensive information about the exam, answers to commonly asked questions, and savvy tips for maximizing your score, along with 300 practice questions and answers with rationales.

Designed to prepare nurses for the multiple-choice format of the certification exam, questions are arranged in chapters correlating with the logical sequence and flow of the exam and reflect the percentage of questions in each exam category. Case studies facilitate the application of knowledge with various examples of common stroke patient situations. A complete practice exam with answers and detailed rationales enables neuroscience nurses, stroke care coordinators, and related specialists to ascertain their strengths and weaknesses. Appendices include a list of medications, national stroke guidelines, and neuroscience terms.


  • Q&A app included!
  • Promotes comprehensive and rigorous study for the SCRN exam
  • Helps neuroscience nurses, stroke care coordinators, and related specialists maximize their scores
  • Contains 300 exam-style questions with correct answers and detailed rationales along with a complete practice exam
  • Includes important information about the exam itself, answers to commonly asked questions, and case studies
  • Covers content in accordance with the test blueprint of the SCRN exam

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  • Includes all the high-quality content from the book!
  • Information at your fingertips anytime, anywhere.
  • Available on iOS, Android, and the web, with a powerful, simple-to-use interface.
  • 290+ exam-style practice questions

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 19, 2017
  • Page Count 182
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826119636
  • EISBN 9780826119667

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 




1. Background

Brief History of Stroke Care

Introduction of the Brain Attack Coalition

Nursing’s Leadership Role in Stroke Care

Nursing Certifications

2. About the SCRN® Exam

Certification Exam Overview

SCRN Eligibility Criteria

Exam Format

Exam Categories

Notification of Exam Results

Exam Administration

Scheduling an Exam Appointment

Rescheduling an Exam Appointment

Postponing an Exam Appointment

Canceling an Exam Application

Common Questions About the SCRN Exam

Maximizing Your Score

The Night Before the Exam

The Day of the Exam

3. Anatomy and Physiology



4. Preventive Care



5. Hyperacute Stroke Care: Prehospital and Emergency Department



6. Stroke Diagnostics



7. Acute Care


Neurologic Assessment

In the Intensive Care Unit

In the Stroke Unit


Neurologic Assessment

In the Intensive Care Unit

In the Stroke Unit

8. Medications



9. Postacute Care



10. Systems and Quality Care



11. Case Studies

Alicia M. Richardson




Appendix A: Medications List

Appendix B: Neuroscience Glossary

Appendix C: List of National Stroke Care Guidelines