Of all the assessments you learn in nursing school, neuro assessment can easily be the most challenging (not to mention the most lengthy!).

In this episode I’m taking you through the key types of neuro assessments and some basic tips for practicing them with confidence. You’ll learn:

  • How and when to use the Glasgow Coma Scale
  • The difference between somnolent and obtunded (and the other levels of consciousness, too!).
  • Tips for cranial nerve assessment (spoiler alert…I still use a cheat sheet at the bedside!)
  • The key components of a general neurological assessment for all of your patients
  • An overview of the NIH Stroke Scale (yet another type of neuro assessment!)
  • My pro tips for performing a neurological assessment
  • And, which patients might be at higher risk for a neuro status change

So pop in those earbuds, lace up those walking shoes and let’s talk neuro!

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