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Course # 38920 • Pathophysiology: The Central Nervous System

Overview

The nervous system is the body's most organized and complex structural and functional system, and it profoundly affects both psychologic and physiologic function. This course discusses the importance of the central nervous system (CNS) to human function and the major consequences of central neurologic disorders. The onset of neurologic problems may be sudden, as in traumatic spinal cord severance or ruptured aneurysm, or insidious, as in Parkinson disease or multiple sclerosis.

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Education Category: Infection Control / Internal Medicine

Release Date: 12/01/2018

Expiration Date: 11/30/2021

Audience

This course is designed for nurses working in critical care and general and specialty medical-surgical units in which patients with multiple organ system problems are found.

Accreditations/Approvals

In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. NetCE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NetCE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NetCE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 15 ANCC contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 2 pharmacotherapeutic/pharmacology contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 18 hours for Alabama nurses. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 1.5 CEU(s) for this program. AACN Synergy CERP Category A.

Individual State Nursing Approvals

In addition to states that accept ANCC, NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama, Provider #ABNP0353, (valid through November 21, 2017); California, BRN Provider #CEP9784; California, LVN Provider #V10662; California, PT Provider #V10842; District of Columbia, Provider #50-2405; Florida, Provider #50-2405; Georgia, Provider #50-2405; Iowa, Provider #295; Kentucky, Provider #7-0054 through 12/31/2019; South Carolina, Provider #50-2405.

Course Objective

As health care becomes more complex, it is essential that the theoretical concepts of the basis of illness (pathophysiology) be well understood. The purpose of this course is to reinforce the scientific rationales for the interventions nurses perform and the decisions nurses make as patients move through the ever-changing management of their central nervous system disorder.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the key structures and functional inter-relationships in the central nervous system (CNS).
  2. Discuss structures and mechanisms in place to protect the CNS.
  3. Describe the components and functions of CNS circulation.
  4. Discuss the pathophysiologic and environmental influences and effects on the CNS.
  5. Outline the role of subjective data in completing a full nursing assessment of the CNS.
  6. Describe objective data compiled during a nursing assessment of the CNS.
  7. Identify diagnostic tests used in the identification and classification of CNS diseases.
  8. Outline the nursing diagnoses, planning, and management of conditions related to CNS dysfunction.
  9. Discuss clinical manifestations of congenital diseases of the CNS.
  10. Review signs and symptoms of CNS disorders of multifactorial origin and related nursing actions.
  11. Describe the common causes, appearances, and treatment of degenerative CNS disorders.
  12. Analyze the presentation and nursing management of immunologic CNS disorders.
  13. Evaluate pathologic causes and manifestations of infectious and inflammatory disorders of the CNS.
  14. Discuss the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of neoplastic and obstructive CNS disorders.
  15. Outline the concepts and information the nurse should provide for the patient who has sustained a traumatic CNS injury.

Faculty

Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD, received her undergraduate education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. There she completed a double major in Sociology and English. She completed an Associate of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Nashville campus and began her nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Jane received her Masters in Medical-Surgical Nursing from Vanderbilt University. In 1978, she took her first faculty position and served as program director for an associate degree program. In 1982, she received her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. In 1998, Dr. Norman took a position at Tennessee State University. There she has achieved tenure and full professor status. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honors Society. In 2005, she began her current position as Director of the Masters of Science in Nursing Program.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

Sharon Cannon, RN, EdD, ANEF

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

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