Routine Neurological Assessments by Nurses in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Matthew P. Kirschen, Kristen Lourie, Megan Snyder, Kenya Agarwal, Pamela DiDonato, Blair Kraus, Chinonyerem Madu, Kylie Geddes, Vinay Nadkarni, Daniela Davis, Heather Wolfe, Alexis Topjian

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jun 01, 2024

Topics: Neurology, Trauma

Population: Pediatric

Role: Staff, Educator

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This article describes one unit’s aims, which were to standardize the policies and procedures for bedside neurological assessment by nurses, develop and implement a system for physicians and nurse practitioners to order neurological assessments by nurses at a frequency based on risk stratification for brain injury, and develop and implement a system to compare patients’ current neurological status with their pre-illness neurological status determined by a physician or nurse practitioner and previous neurological assessments by nursing.


  • Describe the essential components of a bedside nursing neurological assessment for a critically ill patient.
  • Recognize the challenges in performing and interpreting neurological assessment in critically ill children with developmental disabilities.
  • Describe the importance of standardized bedside neurological assessments and systems for determination and documentation of pre-illness neurological status.

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