Nursing the Neurological Patient (Feb 2022)

£250.00

6 week course (15 hours CPD), starting 28th February 2022

 

Description

This online course aims to improve your confidence in managing neurological patients. We will aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to apply clinical reasoning skills to important neurological problems that present in small animal practice. Not only will you develop and strengthen your problem-solving skills in nursing neurological patients, you will also become more confident in identifying abnormalities seen during hospitalisation that might benefit from a prompt action.

 

Week 1
The Neurological Exam  - What do I need to know?

  • Neurology pathways and anatomy
  • The neurological examination
  • Interpretation and differential diagnoses

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the anatomy of the neurology system that can be applied to nursing the neurological patient
  • Understand the normal function of the different pathways that are tested during the neurological examination
  • Know the names of the different tests that are performed during the neurological examination, even under stressful situations and what they mean
  • Prioritise the different parts of the neurological examination according to the type of emergency
  • Recognise normal and abnormal findings during the neurological examination
  • Know how to neurolocalise, demonstrated with clinical cases
  • Understand how to list the most likely differential diagnoses based on clinical reasoning

 

Week 2
Seizures - Hospitalised Patients and Phone Consultations

  • Seizure recognition and common causes
  • Treatment and nursing care

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Recognise an epileptic event
  • Review the classification of epileptic seizures
  • Review the common causes of epileptic seizures
  • Understand the emergency treatment during hospitalisation
  • How to best nurse the epileptic patient

 

Week 3
Vestibular Syndrome

  • Clinical signs and common causes
  • Monitoring, treatment and nursing care

Learning objectives

After completion of this week, participants:

  • Understand which structures are involved in the function of the vestibular system
  • Learn to recognise clinical signs suggestive of vestibular syndrome and what to monitor during hospitalisation
  • Understand which clinical signs can be used to differentiate between central and
    peripheral vestibular disease and clinical signs that indicate clinical deterioration
  • Learn about the most common causes of vestibular dysfunction in dogs and cats

 

Week 4
The Neuromuscular System – from Function to Dysfunction

  • Function and anatomy of the neuromuscular system
  • Neuromuscular diseases

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the anatomy and function of the neuromuscular system
  • Learn to recognise clinical signs suggestive of dysfunction of the neuromuscular system
  • Understand which clinical signs indicate clinical deterioration
  • Learn about the most common causes of neuromuscular diseases in dogs and cats

 

Week 5
Intervertebral Disc Herniations

  • Classification of disc herniation types
  • Clinical signs, treatment and nursing care

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the different types of intervertebral disc herniation and the different treatment and nursing approaches
  • Learn to recognise clinical signs suggestive for each type of intervertebral disc herniation
  • Understand which clinical signs indicate clinical deterioration in dogs with intervertebral disc herniation

 

Week 6
Clinical Cases - from Peripheral Nerves to the Brain!

  • Case studies

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Apply all the knowledge acquired on the previous weeks to clinical cases
  • Be able to discuss the most indicated nursing approach to provide the best care for individual patients.

 

This course will be fully tutored by Elsa Beltran and will consist of 15 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.

 

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Elsa Beltran

Ldo Vet, DipECVN, PGDipVetEd FHEA, MRCVS

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN NEUROLOGY / NEUROSURGERY, ROYAL VETERINARY COLLEGE

Elsa received her veterinary degree from the University Cardenal Herrera Ceu, Valencia, Spain, in 2002, following which she spent two years in general practice before undertaking an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at University of Barcelona, Spain. She completed a neurology internship in 2006 followed by a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the Animal Health Trust.

 

Elsa obtained the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 2011 and afterwards she spent 4 years as Senior Clinician at the same institution. In 2014, she joined the Royal Veterinary College where she is currently working as Associate Professor in Neurology-Neurosurgery. She is interested in all aspects of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, but has a particular interest in neuro-ophthalmology, neuroimaging and neurosurgery. Elsa has a passion for teaching and obtained the postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Education in April 2019 and becoming a fellow of the higher education academy. She was awarded the WSAVA speaker of the year in 2020.

This online course is worth 15 hours of CPD.

 

A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.

 

Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 6 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.

 

The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided weekly, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.

 

The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available in that format.   Furthermore, all the course material will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks.

 

After 8 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.

 

For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD