• Course Format

    eLearning/Self-directed course

  • Course Access

    1 year unlimited access 24/7 to the online course

  • Course Length

    470 minutes

  • Study Guide

    Downloadable PDF Study Guide

  • Contact Hours


  • Certificate of Completion

    Printable CE Certificate


The Stroke Review Boot Camp course is taught by Michelle Dedeo DNP, ARNP-CNS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, SCRN. Michelle is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Seattle area & has over 15 years’ experience in Critical Care with a specialty in Neuroscience.

This course establishes and provides a review of foundational stroke care, assessment, priority nursing intervention, and evidence-based best practices to improve patient outcomes following stroke. A focus is made on using case studies to integrate and apply anatomy, physiology, assessment, and intervention to the complex care of individuals after ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

This Stroke Review Course is perfect for nurses working across the continuum of stroke care from hyperacute to post-acute care and in settings including: Emergency Department, Critical Care, Interventional Radiology & Cath Lab, Progressive Care & Telemetry, and Rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this eLearning, participants should be able to:

Anatomy & Physiology in Stroke

  • Describe brain and cerebrovascular anatomy and physiology

  • Understand principles of cerebral blood flow and perfusion

  • Identify stroke location based on clinical presentation

  • Identify stroke syndromes by clinical presentation

Neurologic Assessment

  • Identify integral components of the neurologic assessment

  • Discuss components of the NIHSS stroke scale

  • Discuss variations in stroke presentation to minimize implicit bias in stroke diagnosis

  • Interpret NIHSS assessment findings related to stroke severity

  • Integrate neurologic and stroke assessment findings to determine stroke severity through case study

Ischemic Stroke

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of ischemic stroke

  • Identify modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for ischemic stroke

  • Describe process for rapid identification of ischemic stroke

  • Discuss principles of early goal directed therapy for ischemic stroke

  • Describe indications, administration, and safety considerations in the administration of tPA (Alteplase).

  • Discuss evidence-based practice supporting the use of thrombectomy for large-vessel occlusion

  • Explain the diagnostic criteria and process of cryptogenic stroke diagnosis

  • Distinguish neurologic disorders and stroke mimics based on assessment criteria and findings

  • Analyze ischemic stroke nursing care and management using evidence-based guidelines to support decision-making through case studies

Hemorrhagic Stroke

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of hemorrhagic stroke

  • Identify modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for hemorrhagic stroke

  • Discuss principles of early goal directed therapy for hemorrhagic stroke

  • Describe process for rapid identification of hemorrhagic stroke

  • Identify nursing assessment and care priorities to minimize risk and complication development following hemorrhagic stroke

  • Analyze hemorrhagic stroke nursing care and management using evidence-based guidelines to support decision-making through case studies

Stroke Prevention & Best Practices

  • Discuss medications used in the management of stroke treatment and complication prevention following acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke

  • Describe the pharmacologic principles and adverse effects of commonly used classifications of medications utilized in the treatment, management, and complication prevention of stroke

  • Discuss the evidence-based indications supporting the safe use of medication classes for patients following stroke

  • Discuss conditions that increase the risk of thrombosis and stroke

  • Describe the interprofessional and interdisciplinary care team roles

  • Summarize the importance of standardization of care for stroke populations

  • Identify stroke center certification criteria

Putting It All Together

  • Use anatomy, physiology, risk factor, and stroke disease process knowledge gained in the review of case studies

What Nurses Are Saying About Online Courses

Really enjoyed the online course so I didn't have to request time off/travel. I could go at my own pace without getting burnt out on the topic. Great info! Love all the data you provide to back up your slides.

Love the content and you make it really easy to follow along! Great teacher! Thank you

Excellent course! I feel like I learned so much more than I expected to. Nicole was interesting and broke everything down and made it understandable. I was never bored!

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Stroke Review Boot Camp: Case Studies in Optimizing Care

    • Read First: How To Navigate This Course & Download Study Guide!

  • 2

    Module 1: Course Overview

    • Nicole Kupchik Introducing Michelle Dedeo

    • Lesson 1: Welcome & Introduction

  • 3

    Module 2: Anatomy & Physiology in Stroke

    • Lesson 1: The Basics of Brain Anatomy

    • Lesson 2: The Basics of Brain Vasculature

    • Lesson 3: Hemisphere Dominance

    • Lesson 4: The Back but Not Least

    • Lesson 5: Stroke Nuances & Syndromes

  • 4

    Module 3: Neurologic Assessment

    • Lesson 1: The Neuro Assessment

    • Lesson 2: Cranial Nerves

    • Lesson 3: Rocking the NIHSS

    • Lesson 4: Putting it Together- Stroke Assessment

  • 5

    Module 4: Ischemic Stroke

    • Lesson 1: Pathophysiology of Ischemic Strokes

    • Lesson 2: Imaging & Diagnostics

    • Lesson 3: Gold Star Management of Ischemic Strokes

    • Lesson 4: Intervention within 24 hours

    • Lesson 5: Nursing Care & Collaborative Best Practices

    • Lesson 6: Cryptogenic Strokes

    • Lesson 7: Stroke Mimics & Disorders

  • 6

    Module 5: Hemorrhagic Stroke

    • Lesson 1: Pathophysiology of Hemorrhagic Strokes

    • Lesson 2: Determining the Treatment

    • Lesson 3: Managing the Hemorrhagic Stroke

    • Lesson 4: Complications & Interventions

    • Lesson 5: Nursing Care & Collaborative Best Practices

  • 7

    Module 6: Stroke Prevention & Best Practices

    • Lesson 1: Pharmacologic Review

    • Lesson 2: Preventing Strokes across the Continuum

    • Lesson 3: Prothrombotic States

    • Lesson 4: Quality Care is a Team Goal

    • Lesson 5: The Stroke System of Care

  • 8

    Module 7: Putting It All Together

    • Lesson 1: Case Study #1

    • Lesson 2: Case Study #2

    • Lesson 3: Case Study #3

  • 9

    Module 8: Wrap-Up & Next Steps

    • Wrap-Up & Next Steps

  • 10

    Stroke Review Boot Camp Quiz

    • Stroke Review Boot Camp Quiz

  • 11

    Stroke Review Boot Camp Evaluation

    • Stroke Review Boot Camp Evaluation



Michelle Dedeo

Michelle has worked in trauma and neuro critical care nursing for over 17 years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2003 and her Masters in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Washington in 2014. Michelle works as a neuroscience clinical nurse specialist in the pacific northwest and is committed to supporting nursing practice development and high-quality patient care. She has presented regionally and nationally on trauma and neuro critical care topics and authored a chapter in the textbook Trauma Nursing.

Years as a travel nurse ignited a passion for travel, stories, and meeting new people and she loves calling the pacific northwest home!


Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number 16363. Approved for 8.0 CE Contact Hours.

Refund Policy

Our policy is valid for a period of 30 calendar days from the date of the purchase. If the period of 30 days has lapsed since the purchase, we can't, unfortunately, offer you a refund. In addition, once the course has been accessed, there are no refunds available.

Extension Policy

All single purchase courses will be limited to a maximum of one extension. The one-time extension is valid for 6 months @ 40% of the full cost of the course. Extension requests must be received via email at info@kupchikconsulting.com.

Expiration Time

Access to the course expires 1 year after purchase, regardless of when the course is accessed. Please note, courses are set to expire at 00:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on the expiry date.

For example, students in Pacific Standard Time (UTC 8 hrs ahead), will find their class expires at 4:00 PM PST. Due to the major time difference, we have set all courses to expire on day 366 so you receive a full year of access plus a few bonus hours.