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rehabilitation of brain injury


Level: Advanced

Contact Hours: Contact hours are no longer offered for this course.


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Pricing & Licensure

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Single UNIT License: $595

  • A unit license covers all staff of a single inpatient unit of 0-30 Beds for the life of the course.

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Course Description

Rehab Nursing Series Course 18

Focus: Application of Core Rehab Skills to the Care of Patients with Brain Injury

(Courses can be used as part of the Rehab Nursing Series novice-to-expert staff development program or as individual learning activities.)

This course is focused on helping the rehab nurse integrate with other disciplines when caring for patients who have sustained brain injury. Case studies are used to review and apply skills in managing patients and achieving functional goals.


Course Chapters

Chapter 1 Brain Injury Facts

This chapter reviews the facts about the frequency and causes of brain injury. It emphasizes efforts to educate about prevention.

  • What is the frequency of brain injury?

  • What risk factors can be addressed to decrease the risk of brain injury?

Chapter 2 Anatomy & Physiology

This chapter reviews the normal functioning of the brain and lays a foundation for understanding what happens when a brain injury occurs.

  • What is the normal process for laying down and retrieving memories?

  • What are the functions of the different areas of the brain?

Chapter 3 Brain Injury Defined

What happens to the brain to leave the residual deficits we see following brain injury? This section reviews pathophysiology and the brain's response to trauma.

  • What are the different types of brain injury?

  • What is diffuse axonal injury?

  • How is severity of injury defined?

Chapter 4 Hallie's Story (anoxic brain injury)

Chapter 5 Richard's Story (mild brain injury)

Chapter 6 Bret's Story (moderate brain injury with agitation)

While recovery is very dependent on the area and severity of brain damage, we can track cognitive progress with a variety of tools, some of which have predictive value. Preparing families for potential outcomes and intervening according to the functional level of the patient while trying to move him forward are key concepts of rehabilitative care. Working through the problems and needs of several sample patients provides an opportunity to review rehab strategies and expected education and training needs of the caregiver.

Chapter 7 Posttest

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of participating in this activity, the learner will be able to pass the posttest with a score of 80% or better, demonstrating knowledge of:

  • Terminology commonly used in brain injury rehabilitation.

  • Anatomy and pathophysiology of brain injury.

  • Intervention and management strategies in both early and ongoing brain injury care.

  • Education and discharge planning needs for patients who have sustained brain injury.


Contact hours no longer will be provided for this course after October 1, 2019.If you would like to provide contact hours for this course at your site, contact us at for the details of the Mergener formula.

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