Brain Injury: Treatment Strategies for the Nurse


Impairment from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is dependent on the cause of the injury, the location of the injury, and the extent of the damage. The interrelationship between the damaged neurologic system and other body systems causes impaired functioning of these other systems. Caring for a person with a traumatic brain injury requires you to have unique assessment and management skills. In this course, you will learn about the components of a comprehensive nursing assessment as well as common abnormal findings. You will also learn about the nursing care needs of a person with a TBI to include in the plan of care.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-BITSN
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2019
Learning Objectives:
Describe six components of a nursing assessment in an individual with a TBI.

Identify four abnormal findings in the assessment of an individual with a TBI.

Explain the five care needs of an individual with a TBI and the associated nursing care.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Nursing Assessment A. Health History B. Review of Systems C. Physical Examination D. Level of Consciousness E. Pupils F. Respiratory Status G. Motor Function H. Use of Painful Stimuli I. Response to Painful Stimuli J. Reflexes K. Sensory Function L. Cognitive Functioning M. Cerebellar Function N. Behavior and Mood O. Other Assessments P. Review Q. Summary Section 3: Nursing Plan of Care A. Individuality B. Oxygenation C. Intracranial Pressure D. Seizures E. Fluid and Nutrition F. Incontinence Management G. Sexual Dysfunction H. Functional Ability I. At Risk For J. Review K. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. References D. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP started working in the senior care industry in 2000. She is a certified Gerontological Nurse, a Director of Nursing Services – Certified, and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has held positions including MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Consultant, Area Manager, and Director of Quality Assurance. Her overall responsibility within each of these positions was to ensure residents received the highest quality of care. This included active participation in quality improvement initiatives, review of clinical records to identify areas of weakness, corroboration with the medical director to institute policies and procedures for resident care, and staff education/training. Additionally, she was responsible for maintaining an effective compliance program under a Quality of Care Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General for a period of five years. She currently serves as the manager of curriculum design for post-acute care for Relias. Within this position, her responsibility is to oversee the development of online training modules for the post-acute care industry. She has served as the subject matter expert for courses on re-hospitalization, clinical skill reviews, and various OSHA and regulatory compliance topics. In addition, she has presented at various state conferences on mandatory compliance, quality assessment and assurance (QA&A), and quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI). Disclosure: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Nurses; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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