Stroke - Immediate Nursing Management

1h 15m
CPD1h 15m of CPD
First Published
Updated05 February 2018
Expires 23 January 2019

Course Overview

This Course focuses on the best-practice nursing care of patients with, or suspected of having a stroke.

Topics include:

  • What is stroke? How does stroke affect the brain?
  • Nursing assessment
  • Treatment during the first 24-48 hours post stroke
  • Preventative strategies

Target audience

Nurses working in a variety of health care settings, particularly those working in:

  • Aged care
  • Acute care
  • Community health; and
  • General practice.


Enhance nurses' knowledge about practical evidence-based stroke management relevant to various nursing settings and how to integrate this knowledge into practice, particularly in the first 24-48 hours.


Stroke is a major cause of death and disability both within Australia and internationally. Early detection of stroke signs and symptoms, and rapid intervention can significantly affect morbidity and mortality. Similarly, early rehabilitation can drastically impact on the long-term effects of a stroke. Nurses are essential members of the multidisciplinary stroke care team and have important roles in acute, rehabilitation and community care settings.3 It is vitally important that nurses working in these settings have access to education that is based on current evidence based recommendations. This will ensure that they can provide appropriate and timely care, as time during a stroke is critical.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of brain injury caused by stroke
  • Explain the importance of immediate treatment and management for the stroke patient
  • Explain the impact of the first 24-48 hours on long-term outcomes
  • Describe the nursing practice strategies that could assist with prevention, early identification and management for your stroke patient

The presenter and all members of the planning team have disclosed that they have no relevant financial commercial relationships to products or devices related to the content of this educational activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medication have been used. Courses include expert peer reviews of the content where applicable.

  • Video Recording Completed: 08/10/2014
  • Video Recording Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Course First Published: 06/02/2018
  • Course Reviewed: N/A
  • Course Republished: N/A
  • Course Expiry Date: 05/08/2018
  • Corrections / changes made: N/A

This CPD/CNE activity will expire on 05/08/2018 after which CPD/CNE hours will not be valid.


Portrait of Kathryn O'Toole
Kathryn O'Toole

Kathryn O'Toole is the Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation Service (CPRsa) her private practice which she commenced in January 2014 after a long career in the public hospital system. Kath’s CPRsa service is committed to providing comprehensive cardiovascular risk factor identification and management strategies to assist patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and those at risk of CVD. Kath is also very proactive in bridging the transition from acute illness to cardiovascular health and wellness. Kathryn is a strong patient advocate and her service coordinates optimal and individualised care for her cardiac patients from admission through to the rehabilitation process and enables her to empower her clients with the appropriate knowledge and management plans to assist them with managing their cardiovascular disease in the community. Kath is regularly invited to participate as a speaker in many aspects of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation including the role of nurses in the management of those with Acute Coronary Syndrome. Kath is passionate about the role nursing has in the best practice management of cardiac conditions and has contributed to public health initiatives by participating is various working parties within the State-wide Cardiology Clinical Networks. See Educator Profile