Rehabilitation Nursing for Neurological Diseases

presented by Kristen L. Mauk

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Rehabilitation nurses often care for patients or clients with neurological diseases of a chronic nature. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of common neurological diseases seen in rehabilitation, including Parkinson’s disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), myasthenia gravis (MG), Huntington’s chorea, and post-polio syndrome (PPS). Basic pathophysiology of these disorders is presented along with rehabilitation nursing strategies for assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN

    Dr. Mauk has been a Professor of Nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a Professor of Nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She earned a BSN from Valparaiso University, an MS in Adult Health from Purdue University, a PhD from Wayne State University, a Post-Master’s GNP certification from University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Valparaiso University. Dr. Mauk has 37 years of experience in chronic illness nursing, rehabilitation, and gerontological nursing and teaches in these specialties at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is certified in rehabilitation, as a gerontological nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. She has authored or edited eight books, including three that were recognized with an AJN Book of the Year Award. She has served on editorial boards for Rehabilitation Nursing and Geriatric Nursing and has written numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Mauk is a frequent presenter at conferences at the regional, national, and international levels. She is the Co-Founder and President of Senior Care Central/International Rehabilitation Consultants, providing educational, clinical, and legal nurse consulting in rehabilitation and senior care in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Mauk is also a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and has served ARN in many roles, most significantly including the Council of Leaders, Editor of the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum, PRN course faculty, the task force to develop the ARN Professional Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Model, and Editor-in-Chief of Rehabilitation Nursing. Some of Dr. Mauk’s recognitions include: Suzanne Smith INANE Mentoring Editors Award (2017), Nominee for the 2016 National Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers, three AJN Book of the Year Awards (2017, 2010, & 1999), CASE/Carnegie Indiana Professor of the Year (2007), VU Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), ARN Educator Role Award (2007), and the ARN Distinguished Service Award (2005). Dr. Mauk has taught nurses and students in China over the past few years. She has a passion for helping other countries to develop rehabilitation nursing into a strong specialty to promote quality care for their aging populations and those with disabilities.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Parkinson’s Disease

    1. Parkinson’s Disease

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one of the most common neurological disorders in older adults. The pathophysiology of PD is discussed in this chapter along with signs and symptoms. Rehabilitation nursing management of the person with PD is presented, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.

  2. Multiple Sclerosis

    2. Multiple Sclerosis

    Current research on multiple sclerosis has provided new information about patterns of progression. The pathophysiology of MS is discussed in this chapter along with signs and symptoms. Rehabilitation nursing management of persons with MS is presented, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.

  3. Guillian-Barré Syndrome

    3. Guillian-Barré Syndrome

    The history and pathophysiology of GBS is discussed in this chapter along with risk factors, signs, and symptoms. Assessment and diagnosis in the acute phase of the disorder is reviewed. Rehabilitation nursing management of persons with GBS is presented, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.

  4. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

    4. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

    ALS is a degenerative, fatal neurological disease. Persons with this disorder experience deterioration of motor function while sensory function remains intact. The pathophysiology of ALS is discussed in this chapter along with signs and symptoms. Rehabilitation nursing management of persons with ALS is presented, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Ethical issues at end of life for those with ALS are discussed.

  5. Lupus, Myasthenia Gravis, Huntington’s Disease, and Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS)

    5. Lupus, Myasthenia Gravis, Huntington’s Disease, and Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS)

    The pathophysiology of lupus, MG, Huntington’s disease, and post-polio Syndrome (PPS) are discussed in this chapter, along with risk factors, signs, and symptoms. Acute and comprehensive management is reviewed, particularly with relationship to the family and relationships. Rehabilitation nursing management of persons with these disorders is presented, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions and long-term care planning.