Seminar Detail

The Brain in Detail
The Brain in Detail


When:  Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description
  • Did you know that there may be permanent damage to the brain during TIA?
  • Or, wonder what exactly your neuro checks assess?
  • Or, become intimidated by caring for patients with neurological problems?

If you have a hard time explaining to your patients about why their heart disease is a risk factor for stroke, or how shrugging their shoulders and sticking out their tongues assesses their brain function, or what to watch for as signs of adverse effects of medications, then you need to go back to the basics with the help of a program that can make the information easy and understandable.

Most of us learned our anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in school, where we were focused primarily on passing the class. We memorized, we studied, but we quickly forgot.

You learn differently now. With years of experience, your brain has learned to classify your professional information into "file folders" based on your clinical experiences. Now, when you go back to learn these concepts, your brain will put the information into the correct "folder" to use the next time you encounter a patient with that problem. In other words, you will retain the information now that you have a way to organize it.

Attend this program and gain the essential concepts of neurological anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology that will help you find patient complications faster and respond to them more appropriately. In addition:
  • You will communicate more effectively with physicians and your peers
  • You will feel more confident
  • You will provide safer and more effective care

You don't want to miss this exciting and applicable program to help improve outcomes and take your healthcare practice to the next level!
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Learner Objectives:

  1. Define the anatomy and physiology of the neurological system and how this manifests in physical symptoms.
  2. Identify neurologic assessment modalities and the connection between how the brain works and the visual assessment.
  3. Categorize interventions and strategies for patients with traumatic brain injury based on the pathophysiological process and the long-term effects from these injuries.
  4. Discuss how chemical imbalances and impulses create disorders such as dementias and Parkinson's disease.
  5. Describe the best method for patient education based upon the knowledge of the pathophysiology of the most common neurological conditions.
  6. Compare the various treatment strategies for spinal cord disorders.
Program Outline

  • The Brain Revealed — The structure and function of components of the mechanical, endocrine and electrical systems of the brain
    • Anatomy
      • Life of a Neuron
      • Brain Structure
      • Spinal Cord
      • Peripheral Nervous System
      • Autonomic Nervous System
      • Aging and the Nervous System
    • Assessment
      • Cranial Nerves
      • Motor Function
      • DTRs
      • Levels of Consciousness
      • Intracranial Pressure
    • Diagnostic Tests
      • Lumbar Puncture
      • CAT/MRI
      • Angiogram
      • EEG
    • Mental, Physical, Emotional: Connections and Detachments — They work together to maintain homeostasis; but what does it look like when they go astray – and why?
      • Spinal Disorders
        • Herniated Disc
        • Spinal Stenosis
        • Spinal Cord Injury
        • Degenerative Neuromuscular Disorders
        • Huntington's Chorea
        • Multiple Sclerosis
        • Myasthenia Gravis
        • Amytropic Lateral Sclerosis
        • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
      • Cranial Nerve Disorders
        • Trigeminal Neuralgia
        • Bell's Palsy
        • Ménière's Disease
    • Common Neurological Conditions: What Happens and Why
      • Central Nervous System Disorders
        • Headaches
        • Cerebral Vascular Disorders
          • TIA
          • Stroke
          • Aneurysms
        • Seizure Disorders
        • Traumatic Brain Injuries
        • Brain Tumors
        • Effects of Alcohol & Alcoholism on the brain
    • Error Messages: What is the Brain Trying to Tell Us?
      • Dementias
      • Parkinson's Disease
      • Depression


Mary T. Johnson has 39 years' experience as an RN; 33 of those years as a Geriatric CNS, and she currently teaches at the University of Michigan in the RN-to-BSN program. Prior to this position, she was director of nurses at Rivers Edge Hospital in St. Peter, Minnesota. Mary has given numerous presentations on Gastrointestinal Disorders, as well as on Health Assessment, Neurologic Disorders, Psychotropic Medications and Dementia. She has taught nursing at Minnesota State University, The University of Louisville, Spalding University and at Illinois State University. In addition, Mary was a case manager and a nurse educator at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. Mary has a passion for education and shares the wealth of knowledge she has gained throughout her years of experience.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary T. Johnson has an employment relationship with Prometric. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Mary T. Johnson has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. PARTIAL CONTACT HOURS WILL BE AWARDED FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.

PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

MINNESOTA PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS: This course has been submitted to the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for review. Credit is pending.

WISCONSIN PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS: This course has been submitted to the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association. Credit is pending.


This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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