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Digital Seminar

Neurosurgery and the Implications for Patient Care

Tara Orgon Stamper
6 Hours 13 Minutes
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Dec 14, 2012
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Course Description:

Neurosurgery has long been a mystery for some health care providers. Today, secondary to the aging population and improved diagnostics, we are increasingly seeing more neurosurgical patients in hospitals, skilled and rehabilitation facilities, and the outpatient settings. It is paramount that all providers: nurses, advanced practice professionals and therapists have a firm understanding of the world that is neuroscience.

This seminar is designed to give individuals, either with or without a neuroscience background, a solid foundation of knowledge to build upon through their clinical practice. Through a discussion of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, you will achieve a better understanding of the proper neurological assessment and what your findings mean for your patient. A case-based approach will be used to explore neurosurgical diseases, treatments, implications and care from brain tumors to hemorrhagic stroke.

Upon completion of this self-study package, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the eloquent areas of the brain.
  2. Explain a proper neurological assessment based upon patient presentation.
  3. Classify tumor types.
  4. Anticipate treatment-related complications of brain cancer patients.
  5. Correlate the different types of traumatic brain injuries to their prognosis.
  6. Explain the management of aneurysmal stroke.
  7. Identify red flags of the neurosurgical patient.


Program Outline:

  1. Neuroanatomy
    1. Monro-Kelley Hypothesis
    2. Cerebral Hemispheres
    3. Cerebellum
    4. Brain stem
    5. Ventricular system
    6. Eloquent areas of brain
    7. Cranial Nerve location
    8. Pituitary Gland
    9. Spinal Cord
    10. Cerebral Blood Circulation
  2. Neuroassessment
    1. Purpose of Assessment
    2. Types of Assessment
    3. The Neurological Assessment
    4. Motor Function Assessment
    5. Sensory Function Assessment
    6. Reflex Assessment
    7. Brainstem Reflexes/Brainstem Assessment
    8. Cerebellar Function Assessment
    9. Vital Sign Assessment
  3. Brain Tumors
    1. Classification
    2. Tumor Type
      1. Glioma
      2. Gliomatosis Cerebri
      3. Medulloblastoma
      4. Primary CNS Lymphoma
      5. Pituitary Adenoma
      6. Meningioma
      7. Schwannomas/Acoustic Neuromas
      8. Metastases
      9. Spinal Cord Tumors
    3. Pathophysiology
    4. Signs and Symptoms
    5. Treatment
      1. Surgical
      2. Radiotherapy
      3. Chemotherapy
      4. Side Effects of Treatment
    6. Nursing Care
      1. Of the Surgical Patient
      2. Of the patient receiving radiotherapy/chemotherapy
      3. Post operative Care
  4. Neurotrauma
    1. Primary and SecondaryInjuries
    2. Initial Assessment
    3. Initial Labs/Studies
    4. Management of TBI
      1. Sedation and Pain Control
      2. Avoidance of Hypoxia
      3. Hypotension Dangers
      4. Elevated ICP
      5. Hyperglycemia
      6. Seizures
      7. Hypothermia
      8. Infection
      9. DVT and PE
      10. Nutrition
    5. Use of Serial CT Imaging
    6. Concussion
      1. Seizure Management of CHI (Closed Head Injury)
      2. Prophylaxis
      3. Headache Management
    7. Cerebral Contusions
    8. Hematomas
    9. Fractures
    10. Diffuse Axonal Injury/Shear
    11. Coma
      1. Assessment
      2. Brain Death Exam
    12. TBI Prognosis
  5. Hemorragic Stroke
    1. Intracerebral Hemorrhage
    2. Presentation
    3. Diagnosis/Evaluation/Treatment
    4. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage/
    5. Aneurysmal Stroke
    6. Presentation
    7. SAH Classifications/Diagnosis
    8. Management
      1. Medications used
      2. Rebleed
      3. Vasospasm
      4. Triple H Therapy
      5. Hypertonic Saline
    9. Long Term Treatment
  6. Care of the Neurosurgical Patient
    1. Hospital Setting
      1. Intensive Care Unit
      2. Nursing
      3. HOB
      4. Identifying Trends
      5. Therapy with the Bed Bound patient
      6. Airway
      7. Swallow
      8. Individuals appropriate for acute inpatient rehab
      9. Individuals appropriate for long term acute care
      10. Acute Care
    2. Rehab Setting
      1. Primary goals
      2. Traumatic Brian Injury
      3. SAH
    3. Long Term Care
      1. Deconditioning concerns
      2. Long term medication management (AED, steroids)
    4. Outpatient
      1. Neuropsychology testing
      2. Reacclimating the TBI patient to the home
    5. Family Discussions
      1. Neuro-oncology
      2. Traumatic Brain Injury: Good v. poor outcome
  7. Neurosurgical Red Flags

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Your satisfaction is our goal and our guarantee. Concerns should be addressed to: PO Box 1000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1000 or call 1-800-844-8260.



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 7.6 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 6.25 continuing competency hours.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 CE credit hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 7.6 contact hours.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

This course contains 6.0 hours of self-study continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

California Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of self-study continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Tara Orgon Stamper Related seminars and products:

RN, MSN, CNRN, ANP-BC, Faculty

University of Cincinatti

Tara Orgon Stamper has been practicing neurosurgery as a neurosurgical nurse practitioner for over 10 years. She has cared for all types of neurosurgical patients with a strong focus on neurooncology and neurotrauma. Tara medically manages patients who are acutely admitted to the hospital, as well as those patients who are admitted electively. She is very active in her community and travels to area elementary, middle and high schools giving presentations on the consequences of closed head injury and, more importantly, injury prevention. She is faculty at the University of Cincinnati Nurse Practitioner Program and has precepted many graduate students over the years. Tara is a nationally-recognized speaker in neurosurgery and has travelled extensively throughout the United States and has developed neuroscience nursing education programs for area hospitals. She is an avid speaker who welcomes class participation and enjoys a relaxed atmosphere, conducive to learning and understanding neurosurgery.

Financial: Tara Orgon Stamper is receiving a fee for speaking at today's educational activity.
Nonfinancial: Tara co-facilitates a brain tumor networking support group at the Wellness Community Center in her area.  She does not receive compensation for her role. 

Additional Info

Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Rehabilitation Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants


Satisfaction Guarantee
Your satisfaction is our goal and our guarantee. Concerns should be addressed to: PO Box 1000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1000 or call 1-800-844-8260.

ADA Needs

We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please call our Customer Service Department for more information at 1-800-844-8260.

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