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rehabilitation of stroke


Level: Advanced

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


Pricing & Licensure

Single User License: $175

Single UNIT License: $895

  • 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 17

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

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

Rehabilitation of Stroke is a comprehensive course that applies knowledge of core rehabilitation nursing care to the care of the patient with stroke. Addressing the pathophysiology of stroke and evidence-based interdisciplinary care of patients, it uses case studies to review and apply skills in managing elimination, dysphagia, communication deficits, mobility limitations, and self-care problems. This course can be used as part of a continuing education program for Stroke Certified organizations.


Course Chapters

Chapter 1 Stroke Facts

This chapter reviews the facts about the frequency and causes of stroke. It emphasizes efforts to educate about prevention and control of modifiable risk factors.

  • What is the frequency of stroke recurrence?

  • What modifiable risk factors can decrease the risk of stroke and stroke recurrence?

Chapter 2 Brain Attack

Every minute counts! This chapter reviews the efforts to educate the public about stroke as a brain attack and provides an overview of emergent response in an effort to limit the impact of a stroke.

  • What are the symptoms of a stroke?

  • How is the public being taught to recognize and respond to stroke symptoms?

  • How do emergent stroke teams respond in order to limit the damage caused by a stroke?

Chapter 3 Anatomy & Physiology

This review of pathophysiology and etiology of stroke helps to develop skills in anticipating functional outcomes based on the site of the stroke.

  • What deficits can be expected following a middle, anterior, or posterior artery stroke?

  • What is the difference between a left and right brain stroke?

  • What are the different types of stroke?

Case Study Chapters

These chapters present three cases for review and application of core rehab skills to the care of patients with stroke. The team must work tightly together to evaluate, rehabilitate, and educate the patient and caregiver. Patients will not thrive in the community if we do not learn to care for caregivers too. This means empowering them, training them, and assisting them to use support and services from friends and others so that they can take care of themselves.

Chapter 4 Marla's Story

Marla's story focuses on the impact of right brain stroke and its associated perceptual deficits on safety and functional skills.

Chapter 5 Ken's Story

Left brain strokes present a different set of concerns and are often associated with communication problems. Ken's story addresses this situation and reminds the learner of the need not only to teach, but also to prepare the family to care for the caregiver.

Chapter 6 Sylvia's Story

Teens have strokes too! This chapter addresses the needs of a teen with a cerebellar aneurysm that has caused a stroke in the cerebellum and reviews the difference in the pattern of deficits according to the vessel involved.

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 stroke rehabilitation.

  • Anatomy and pathophysiology of stroke.

  • Intervention and management strategies in both early and ongoing stroke care.

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


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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