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Event Details

Agenda: Registration 7 am

7:30-9:30: Anatomy and Physiology

9:45-11:15: Hyperacute Phase

11:30-1pm: Acute Care


2-2:30: Post Acute Care

2:30-3:30: Preventative Care

3:45-4:45: Systems of Care

4:45-5:15 Questions/Answers and         Evaluations

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare the nurse specializing in caring for stroke patients to pass the Stroke Certified Registered Nurse Examination.  The course reviews all major topics of the examination and provide information regarding the latest guidelines and protocols for managing stroke patients.  It reviews different stroke types, assessment, acute management and rehabilitation of strokes.

Program objectives:

  • Define stroke subtypes based on anatomical locations.

  • Explain different stoke scales and utilization.

  • Identify common and uncommon etiologies of stroke syndromes.

  • Describe guidelines for home care

  • List criteria for stoke center certification

  • Define stroke prevention strategies.


Ms. Kiffon Kiegher, is an acute care nurse practitioner with over 15 years experience in neurosurgery and neuroscience nursing.  She has been at Rush University Medical Center since 2003 and has worked as the APN Clinical Lead for the Comprehensive Stroke Program and Lead APN for the Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery Program at Rush.  In addition to her clinic work, Kiffon is a course instructor and adjunct professor for the Rush College of Nursing.

She is an experienced speaker and author of multiple journals and book chapters, including the Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing.  She is a well-known educator in stroke, teaching the SCRN course to nurses for the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing.  She serves as a Disease Specific Stroke Program reviewer for The Joint Commission.

Continental breakfast and Lunch included.