Stroke - Immediate Nursing Management

1h 15m of CPD
Kathryn O'Toole
04 Aug 2015

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


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


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.


Kalo Liga14 Oct 2018
Great importance lecture and well executed by the speaker

Stewart morris28 Sep 2018
Interesting and well presented

Chunling Yang26 Sep 2018

Debbie Mitschuinig23 Aug 2018
This lecture presentation was very informative and well presented. Great educational presentation for working in the emergency department. Thank you

Man Wah Yiu23 Aug 2018
Have been gain some essential methods to treat stoke patients and identify the problem

Elizabeth Jane Abbott19 Aug 2018
Very very informative.

Jenna He23 Jul 2018
A thorough and excellent presentation

Maria Nothling18 Jul 2018

Tanya Volzke15 Jul 2018
Well presented

Carol COUPAR06 Jul 2018
Great presentation, always something to learn or have reinforced, this has given me a better understanding of different types of stroke, the affects they can have and the after care needed, this is most relevant to my role as EN in an aged care facility

Bee Chua28 Jun 2018
Great training and information.

Rita edbrooke16 Jun 2018
Excellent presentation, easy to follow and very informative

Joanne Kneebone16 Jun 2018
Very informative and easy to stay engaged.

Naomi Johnston01 Jun 2018
Great lecture.

Patricia Hurst31 May 2018
Excellent & informative . Essential knowledge

Kristie-Lee Perrott31 May 2018
very engaging and knowledgable​

Narelle Odwyer30 May 2018
a very engaging course.

Jessica Hancock 30 May 2018
Good content!

Michelle Lipman30 May 2018
Very well presented and informative lecture.

Brooke Hutchinson29 May 2018
Great presentation.

Nicholas Stewart Cleave29 May 2018
Very Good

Jacelyn Partridge29 May 2018
This was a really informative course!

Tupou Makasini28 May 2018

Renea Malazarts28 May 2018
It was very informative

Lynne Berridge27 May 2018

Aju Stephen Antony27 May 2018

Jessica Arnold27 May 2018
Relevant and engaging topic

Debra Ambrosini27 May 2018
This lecture was very informative.

yan zhang26 May 2018
informative presentation

Gillian Carne26 May 2018

yi jun chen26 May 2018
very good

Georgia Jones25 May 2018
The educater was engaging and very clearly spoken. And the educational video was very informmative.

Ruth Curtis24 May 2018
Useful and interesting.

Krishna paudel24 May 2018
good lesson

Baek Eunyoung24 May 2018
Great lectures. very organized and clearly explained.

Charlotte Bryant23 May 2018
Very informative

Sabbiah jang23 May 2018
Very suitable for aged care

Leigh Labinsky23 May 2018

Lauren DeVizio22 May 2018

Dorothy-anne burrows21 May 2018
Lovely speaker. Very informative.

Phoebe tsourdalakis21 May 2018
great information, just needs to be more engaging

Suzanna Potter21 May 2018
A very clear and well presented presentation, gaining new knowledge.

Dancan Kapkusha21 May 2018
very informative VLA.

Amrita Banstola20 May 2018
Very good

Ramona Pradhanang20 May 2018
The learning covered most of the aspects of stroke and its management. It is highly recommended

Marjorie Greensmith20 May 2018
Makes you more aware of signs and symptoms of a stroke

Sukhvinder Singh Birdi18 May 2018
great presentation.

Paul Burman18 May 2018
A very interesting learning video in relation to strockes.

Janet Shanahan17 May 2018
I enjoyed the lecture and gained valuable knowledge .

Adam Whitemore17 May 2018
A very thorough presentation of causes and treatment for stroke

Mary Rothery16 May 2018
A very informative talk. It is clear and well presented

Angelo Carlo Rontos16 May 2018
the cpd was helpful and informative

Rita Burma15 May 2018

Joanne Holloway14 May 2018
Interesting learning package.

Lin Jiang14 May 2018

Karamjeet Kaur14 May 2018
This VLA is significantly vital in understanding stroke patients and their nursing care.

Shane Alexandra Canada13 May 2018

Emelye Coenraad11 May 2018
Gained new knowledge, very informative.

Mayumi Nakazawa10 May 2018
I reinforced my knowledge.

natalie Mielczarek10 May 2018
very informative

Werner Cossid07 May 2018
very good

Nichole Dutschke07 May 2018
Very comprehensive lecture

Sharon Khan06 May 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals

Kirsten Wynter03 May 2018

Jisha Anie Binnichen03 May 2018

Esther Sibanda03 May 2018
excellent presentation

Danielle Fitzgibbon03 May 2018
Well presented and easy to understand. Very thorough content.

Kimberley Kozumplik02 May 2018
Nice and clear

Amandeep Kaur02 May 2018

rosemary britt6201 May 2018
Very comprehensive Learning tool

Harsimrat Kaur30 Apr 2018
great source of learning

Very informative session.

Louise Morosi30 Apr 2018
Fantastic resource for stroke managment.

Kelly Allen30 Apr 2018
awesome presentation. loved it.

Jessica Ann Hansen30 Apr 2018
This was very informative lecture and made the realization of many different effects and types of stroke can vary dependent on the area of the brain it effects

Jane Wilson28 Apr 2018
educator engaging and recommend to other health professionals

Belinda Rowney28 Apr 2018
This education tool was very informative and easy to follow. Enforcing already learnt knowledge but definitely a good tool to be up to date and confidence based also.

Ranilo Martinez27 Apr 2018
Useful to aged care facility.

Very good easy to understand and follow.

Zyza Maribao25 Apr 2018
Very natural speaker and knowledgeable.

Josephine Clark25 Apr 2018
This was very interesting & I acquired much new knowledge regarding stroke management.

Susan ingall24 Apr 2018
Very informative

Zhimin Zhang23 Apr 2018
Stroke is common both in aged care facilities and in hospitals, therefore reinforce the knowledge and skills of assessment could save time for the early intervention and bring a better outcome for the patient.

Karen Innes23 Apr 2018
Informative but very wordy and delivered in a monotone. Better if the information was in written form. Can I get a transcript?

Joungsim BAE22 Apr 2018
Basic but essential information of a stroke

XIAO YANG20 Apr 2018
Great presentation!

Xi Wu19 Apr 2018

Wendy Boehringer17 Apr 2018
a bit too monotone but informative

Nida Deligero Lagunay16 Apr 2018
Very useful learning material.

Peter Michael Osbucan Olat15 Apr 2018
Very informative

Fiona williams14 Apr 2018
Very easy to listen to. Message is provided clearly and would recommend.

suzanne roslyn mason13 Apr 2018
Thanks very interesting

Amanpreet Kaur11 Apr 2018
great knowledge

Russell Webb10 Apr 2018
Very professional & well presented.

Casey Casey06 Apr 2018
Very informative

Cheryl Carpenter04 Apr 2018
this was a great online tutorial, much was refreshed knowledge but also new knowledge and understanding

Joanne Melissa Deiparine04 Apr 2018
Very informative and well presented

Christine Mason03 Apr 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals.

Jedee Leonore Binwag03 Apr 2018
Very interesting and informative topic.

Genette Hobson-Campbell03 Apr 2018
Very informative VLA, I took lots of notes. I am hoping that I can have more confidence when assisting with the care and monitoring of a patient with query TIA / stroke and most certainly have more information in my head in regards to stroke now than before this resource. Thank you.

Lauren Marriott30 Mar 2018
Presentation was a little bland, but very precise

Merrilyn Lambert30 Mar 2018
I found this lecture very informative.

Joanne Gabbert25 Mar 2018
Very informative and well delivered.

Cherie Martin24 Mar 2018
I highly recommend this resource, the educator presented the learning in a clear and easily understood and higher rate of learning retention.

Kim cook21 Mar 2018
I found this to be very enlighten and highly recommended will be very useful in the aged care setting

Rhonda Briggs20 Mar 2018
Very good refresher VLA for stroke management- relevant to all areas of nursing care.

Elloise Fitzpatrick19 Mar 2018
This was a good refresher course on strokes. I enjoyed the quizzes at the end of each section.

cathleen Farewell15 Mar 2018
Very good for refreshing and updating knowledge

Travis McAndrew13 Mar 2018
very informative!!!

Michelle rolleston12 Mar 2018
excellent . reinforced my knowledge.

Anne Jordan11 Mar 2018
Educator very knowledgeable & easy to understand

mary susan delos reyes05 Mar 2018
very good

Philomena Vegter04 Mar 2018

Andrew Markula28 Feb 2018
Well presented,valuable information.

Emma Kerr27 Feb 2018
Knowledgeable speaker provides an interesting overview for a basic understanding of stroke care. Comprehensive notes that complemented the talk. Thanks Kathryn O'Toole.

Sandhya KC21 Feb 2018
good content.

Naomi Cross20 Feb 2018

Ruth Spencer19 Feb 2018

Jeanie Kay Buchanan19 Feb 2018
If you want to be reviewed on the care of stroke victims it is very well organized and presented in a straight forward manner.

Michele Selby16 Feb 2018

Carolyn Hall16 Feb 2018
Great to reinforce current knowledge and addition of new practices that I have not fully been aware of as I usually care for pts who are not in the acute phase of stroke- ie I'm a rehab nurse vs a ER nurse

Rachel B. Olsino14 Feb 2018
Super helpful to reinforced skills.

Moira Munro13 Feb 2018
Interesting lecture- good refresher exercise

Maria Zubcakova07 Feb 2018
Very informative and relevant to everyday nursing

sachini Ambuldeniya07 Feb 2018
excellent VLA

Course Overview

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.