Improving stroke nursing orientation through a stroke learning resource

Isaacs, Savannah C. (2018) Improving stroke nursing orientation through a stroke learning resource. Practicum Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Background: Canadian Stroke Best Practice recommends that patients suffering from an acute stroke be treated on an interprofessional stroke unit with recommended levels of medical, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, social work, and dieticians. Potential gaps in knowledge and complexity of required care highlight the need for more nursing education. There is currently a lack of stroke specific resources available for nurses during orientation. Purpose: To develop a stroke learning resource which highlights Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations, interprofessional roles and responsibilities, and the essential nursing role on an acute stroke unit. Methods: The learning resource was developed based on information obtained through a review of the literature, consultations with key professionals, and an environmental scan of stroke resources available in four Atlantic provinces. Results: A learning resource that highlights important information related to the care of patients who have suffered a stroke was developed. It contained stroke background information, including warning signs for strokes, stroke types, risk factors, and deficits based on brain regions. The resource focuses on best practice stroke care including the importance of excellent collaboration of nursing with the members of the interprofessional team. Images, quizzes, and role play associated with stroke care were added to the resource to improve nursing orientation and to optimize patient care. Conclusion: The resource would be useful as a self-study tool to prepare nurses to work on a stroke unit. It could be shared with orientating nurses and it could be useful for experienced nurses to mentor others which could translate into better patient care in this area.

Item Type: Report (Practicum Report)
Item ID: 13793
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Department(s): Nursing, Faculty of
Date: December 2018
Date Type: Submission
Medical Subject Heading: Stroke -- nursing Nurse's Role Education, Nursing -- standards

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