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Stroke: A Nurse's Guide to Caring for the Patient
Stroke: A Nurse's Guide to Caring for the Patient
Stroke: A Nurse's Guide to Caring for the Patient
Stroke: A Nurse's Guide to Caring for the Patient

Stroke: A Nurse's Guide to Caring for the Patient

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by Jillian Riske, MSN, RN-BC, PCCN & Kate Culver, MSN, RN, PCCN

Do you find it scary and overwhelming to take care of someone who has suffered a brain injury? Caring for a patient who has had a stroke can be very challenging. Trust us, we have been right where you are and we know the intimidation you might feel when thinking of all the components of caring for patients with this complex diagnosis.

Nursing assessment is a crucial piece of the overall puzzle that will determine how the patient is cared for and, ultimately, the outcome of the patient. From the moment a patient arrives to the hospital with stroke-like symptoms, all members of the stroke care team begin working on the patient’s history, obtaining tests, drawing labs, developing a plan, implementing safety measures, carrying out time-sensitive orders, and educating the patient and the patient’s family.

This book is a guide for anyone new to caring for stroke patients in the hospital setting. We have used our own nursing and teaching experience to help explain how to assess, anticipate, and prevent complications, and what to expect while caring for anyone who has been admitted to the hospital for a stroke or stroke-like symptoms. Our hope is that you feel more confident while caring for and educating this patient population.


About the Authors

Chapter 1: Anatomy and Physiology
Parts of the Brain
Blood Supply
Risk Factors
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Ischemic Stroke
Hemorrhagic Stroke

Chapter 2: Assessment
Common Stroke Symptoms
Components of the Neurological Assessment
NIH Stroke Scale

Chapter 3: Orders
Emergency Department Orders
General Stroke Orders
Ischemic Stroke Orders
Hemorrhagic Stroke Orders

Chapter 4: Complications
Cerebral Edema
Hemorrhagic Conversion
Other Complications

Chapter 5: Nursing Care and Considerations
Impaired Communication
Swallow Precautions
Bowel and Bladder Issues
Fall Prevention
Pain Management
Emotional Support
Discharge Planning

Chapter 6: Critical Care and Interventions
Ventric and EVD
Intracranial Pressure Monitoring
Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA)
Intraarterial tPA
Craniotomy (Crani)
Aneurysm Clipping
Neurovascular Interventions

Chapter 7: Case Studies
Case Study 1
Case Study 2
Case Study 3
Case Study 4


Written by Jillian Riske, MSN, RN-BC, PCCN &  Kate Culver, MSN, RN, PCCN
Cover created by Katie Swaim Design
Published by Nurseology Consultants LLC
62 Pages

ISBN 13: 978-0-9981114-0-7
ISBN 10: 0-9981114-0-6


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