$15.00

i 1.25 Hours

Course Overview

Every year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. According to the American Stroke Association (2016), it is the 5th largest cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 people per year. Of those patients who survive, many experience moderate or severe impairments that require special care. The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) is a tool used to measure the severity of stroke symptoms, as well as aid in the identification of the injury location. The NIHSS has also been shown to strongly predict the likelihood of a patient’s recovery after stroke. This course will assist clinicians in the acute care setting who are caring for patients suffering from acute stroke. 

About the Course Author

Dr. Daniel Migliaccio is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. During Residency,  Dr. Migliaccio was able to obtain an Honors Certificate in Medical Education from the Clinical Teaching Scholars Honors Program. He was also fortunate enough to be able to focus on his ultrasound skills, leading to an award for Outstanding Achievement in Ultrasound. Dr. Migliaccio is passionate about medical education, point of care ultrasound, and optimizing patient care using current literature. He is currently Vice President of the Young Physician Section of AAEM and is enthusiastic about promoting Emergency Medicine and patient care nationally. Daniel Migliaccio, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Adam Roesner, BSN has been working with various quality measures optimization since 2013. His experience in program management in both clinical and performance measures allows a unique perspective on the challenge faced by healthcare systems today. Adam has presented trainings on HCAHPS programs for sales forces and executive leadership alike, and has managed various skin health and HCAHPS educational programs and bundles for acute, post-acute, and IDN facilities. Adam Roesner, BSN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (10 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    1.25HOURS


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Nurses will receive 1.25 Nursing Contact Hours after successfully completing this course.
  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    1.25HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    1.20HOURS


    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Nurses will receive 1.2 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    1.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    1.25HOURS


    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    1.25HOURS


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    1.25HOURS


    South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Medicine

    1.25HOURS


    Florida Board of Medicine (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Physicians will receive 1.25 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.
  • Florida Physician Assistants

    1.25HOURS


    Florida Physician Assistants (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    1.25HOURS


    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-AC-0-MANAGEPATIENT27
  • Hours:

    1.25
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2018-07-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2021-12-31
  • Learning Objectives:

    Calculate summative NIHSS score and identify levels of stroke severity.; List all stroke scale items used to test patients for stroke severity.; Name all NIHSS areas of assessment.; State the primary purpose in using the NIHSS.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction

    A. About This Course

    B. Learning Objectives

    Section 2: About the NIHSS

    A. Meet Thomas

    B. What is the NIHSS?

    C. History and Use

    D. Thomas

    E. Review

    F. Summary

    Section 3: Administration of the NIHSS

    A. Staff Education

    B. Underlying Guidelines

    C. Exceptions

    D. Thomas

    E. Review

    F. Summary

    Section 4: The NIHSS

    A. The Scale

    B. 1a: Level of Consciousness

    C. 1b: Level of Consciousness- Questions

    D. 1c: Level of Consciousness- Commands

    E. 2: Best Gaze

    F. 3: Visual

    G. 4: Facial Palsy

    H. 5a/b: Motor Arm (Left/Right)

    I. 6a/b: Motor Leg (Left/Right)

    J. 7: Limb Ataxia

    K. 8: Sensory

    L. 9: Best Language

    M. 10: Dysarthria

    N. 11: Extinction and Inattention

    O. Scoring

    P. Thomas

    Q. Review

    R. Summary

    Section 5: Conclusion

    A. Summary

    B. Course Contributors

    C. Resources

    D. References

    E. Congratulations!

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Nurses; Physicians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.