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Performing a Full Neurological Assessment

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Course Overview

Performing a Full Neurological Assessment

Author: Cheryl Carlin

Assessment is a key component of nursing care. It not only informs the nurse of changes to the patient’s condition but allows the nurse to evaluate if interventions have been effective. When working with patients who have suffered injury or impairment to the neurological system, a complex neurological assessment is often needed to guide care. The purpose of this course is to provide guidance for nurses who are performing neurological assessments. We will identify the components of a neurological exam, discuss how the exam should be performed, and explore both normal and abnormal findings that may be seen.   

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Why a Neurological Assessment?
  3. Comprehensive Neurological Assessment
    Mental Status
    Motor Function
    Sensory Function
    Cerebellar Function
    Cranial Nerves
  4. Conclusion 
  5. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss the importance and components of a neurological assessment. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify components of a comprehensive neurological assessment. 
  2. Discuss the rationales for why a comprehensive neurological assessment should be performed. 
  3. Distinguish between normal and abnormal findings in a neurological assessment. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Conflict of Interest Statement

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

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Course created on: July 15, 2021

Course Expires on: July 15, 2024

Course Offering: #108