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rehabilitation of spinal cord injury


Level: Advanced

Contact Hours: 10.3 Contact hours are no longer offered for this course.


Pricing & Licensure

Single User License: $99

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.

Unit, multi-unit and facility pricing/licensure is determined by number of beds. Contact us if your unit has more than 30 beds or if you are interested in multi-unit or facility pricing. For more information on licensure, go to


Course Description

Rehab Nursing Series Course 19

Focus: Application of Core Rehab Skills to the Care of Patients with Spinal Cord 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 spinal cord 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 spinal cord injury. It emphasizes efforts to educate about prevention.

  • What is the frequency of spinal cord injury?

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

Chapter 2 Anatomy & Physiology

A review of anatomy and physiology is necessary to understand the impact of spinal fractures and neurological damage associated with spinal cord injury.

  • What are the functions of different levels of the spinal cord?

  • What messages are sent through the ascending and descending tracts?

Chapter 3 Spinal Cord Injury Defined

A review of the pathophysiology of injury is presented along with the latest in research for recovery from this injury.

  • What are the different types of spinal cord injury?

  • What is upper motor neuron vs lower motor neuron injury?

  • How is severity of injury defined?

Chapter 4 Parke's Story (tetraplegia)

Chapter 5 Ira's Story (anoxic cord injury)

Chapter 6 Katy's Story (paraplegia)

Every patient wants to know about and needs to be able to plan for his or her functional recovery. One of the biggest frustrations (following the lack of mobility) for many patients following spinal cord injury is the amount of time and effort required to take care of routine needs. These stories review anticipated functional recovery patterns and equipment or strategies that can be used to facilitate independence. The team is encouraged to be creative and practical—finding the best option within the financial capacity of the patient and identifying strategies for simplifying care and incorporating preventive health management into daily routines around issues such as bowel, bladder, skin, and respiratory self-care.

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 spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

  • Anatomy and pathophysiology of spinal cord injury.

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

  • Education and discharge planning needs for patients who have sustained spinal cord 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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