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Local Health Care Professionals Participate in Stroke Boot Camp

Area health professionals participated in Stroke and Neurovascular training provided by Essential Health – West Region, an approved provider of continuing nursing education. The workshop provided an in-depth overview of stroke pathophysiology and treatment options and included hands-on skill stations and a mock stroke alert.

The goal of the program is to train nurses and advanced practitioners to confidently provide effective care for an acute stroke patient following evidence based practice. During the course, health professionals were trained to:

  • Implement elements of a “Stroke Alert” in an emergency room setting
  • Discuss pathophysiology and treatment guidelines for acute stoke
  • Perform an evaluation of an acute stoke patient utilizing the NIHSS (National Institute of Health Stroke Scale)
  • State best practice use of thrombolytic medication for acute ischemic stroke
  • Perform the process of dosing, mixing and administering tPA (Alteplase)to an acute ischemic stroke patient

This course allows our health care professionals to stay on the cutting edge of stroke standards of care and meet the requirements for being designated as a “Stroke Ready” facility by the State of North Dakota.

Stroke Nurse Boot Camp Presenters from Essentia Health:
Megan Tykwinski, MSN, RN
SCRN Kirsten Reile, BSN, RN

Heather Czywczysnki, FNP, practices assessing limb movement according tot he National Institute of Health Stroke Scale during the mock exercise portion of the training.