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Digital Seminar

The Brain in Detail

Mary T. Johnson, RN, MS
Full Day
Audio and Video
Feb 25, 2016
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Digital Seminar - Also available: DVD


The Brain Revealed — The structure and function of components of the mechanical, endocrine and electrical systems of the brain

Mental, Physical, Emotional: Connections and Detachments — They work together to maintain homeostasis, but what does it look like when they go astray – and why?

Common Neurological Conditions: What Happens and Why — Find out what is really going on during acute stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, seizures and aneurysms

Error Messages: What is the Brain Trying to Tell Us — Discover the pathophysiologic mechanisms behind brain dysfunctions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and depression

  • Did you know that there may be permanent damage to the brain during TIA?
  • Or, wonder what exactly your neuro checks assess?
  • Or, become intimidated by caring for patients with neurological problems?

If you have a hard time explaining to your patients about why their heart disease is a risk factor for stroke, or how shrugging their shoulders and sticking out their tongues assesses their brain function, or what to watch for as signs of adverse effects of medications, then you need to go back to the basics with the help of a program that can make the information easy and understandable.

Most of us learned our anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in school, where we were focused primarily on passing the class. We memorized, we studied, but we quickly forgot.

You learn differently now. With years of experience, your brain has learned to classify your professional information into “file folders” based on your clinical experiences. Now, when you go back to learn these concepts, your brain will put the information into the correct “folder” to use the next time you encounter a patient with that problem. In other words, you will retain the information now that you have a way to organize it.

Attend this program and gain the essential concepts of neurological anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology that will help you find patient complications faster and respond to them more appropriately. In addition:

  • You will communicate more effectively with physicians and your peers
  • You will feel more confident
  • You will provide safer and more effective care

You don’t want to miss this exciting and applicable program to help improve outcomes and take your healthcare practice to the next level!



* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the 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 your profession.  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 profession's standards.  

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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

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

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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.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.3 self-study continuing education credits.

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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.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 6.25 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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.

Kansas Speech-Language Pathologists

Approved for 7.5 self-study continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

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.



Mary T. Johnson, RN, MS Related seminars and products

Mary T. Johnson, RN, MS, has 42 years of experience as an RN and currently teaches at the University of Michigan in the RN-to-BSN program. Prior to this position, she was director of nurses at Rivers Edge Hospital in St. Peter, Minnesota. For 10 years, Mary presented continuing education programs on Psychotropic Medications for Minnesota State University. She has also given numerous other presentations on Gastrointestinal Disorders, as well as on Health Assessment, Neurologic Disorders, and Dementia. She has taught nursing at Minnesota State University, The University of Louisville, Spalding University and at Illinois State University. In addition, Mary was a case manager and a nurse educator at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. Mary has a passion for education and shares the wealth of knowledge she has gained throughout her years of experience.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Mary Johnson receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Mary Johnson has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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The Brain Revealed — The structure and function of components of the mechanical, endocrine and electrical systems of the brain

  • Anatomy
    • Life of a neuron
    • Brain structure
    • Spinal cord
    • Peripheral Nervous System
    • Autonomic Nervous System
    • Aging and the Nervous System
  • Assessment
    • Cranial Nerves
    • Motor Function
    • DTRs
    • Levels of Consciousness
    • Intracranial Pressure
  • Diagnostic Tests
    • Lumbar Puncture
    • CAT/MRI
    • Angiogram
    • EEG

Mental, Physical, Emotional: Connections and Detachments — They work together to maintain homeostasis; but what does it look like when they go astray – and why?

  • Spinal Disorders
    • Herniated Disc
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Degenerative Neuromuscular Disorders
    • Huntington’s Chorea
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Myasthenia Gravis
    • Amytropic Lateral Sclerosis
    • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Cranial Nerve Disorders
    • Trigeminal Neuralgia
    • Bell’s Palsy
    • Ménière’s Disease

Common Neurological Conditions: What Happens and Why

  • Central Nervous System Disorders
    • Headaches
    • Cerebral Vascular Disorders:
      • TIA
      • Stroke
      • Aneurysms
    • Seizure Disorders
    • Traumatic Brain Injuries
    • Brain Tumors
    • Effects of Alcohol and Alcoholism on the Brain

Error Messages: What is the Brain Trying to Tell Us?

  • Dementias
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Depression




  1. Define the anatomy and physiology of the neurological system and how this manifests in physical symptoms.
  2. Identify neurologic assessment modalities and the connection between how the brain works and the visual assessment.
  3. Categorize interventions and strategies for patients with traumatic brain injury based on the pathophysiological process and the long-term effects from these injuries.
  4. Discuss how chemical imbalances and impulses create disorders such as dementias and Parkinson’s disease.
  5. Describe the best method for patient education based upon the knowledge of the pathophysiology of the most common neurological conditions.
  6. Compare the various treatment strategies for spinal cord disorders.

Target Audience

Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Healthcare Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 2


Katherine B

"Very interesting and well organized."

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