Understanding Disorders of Consciousness: Opportunities for Critical Care Nurses

Author(s): Malissa Mulkey, PhD, APRN, CCNS, CCRN, CNRN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 01, 2024

Topics: Delirium, Neurology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Knowledge of encephalopathy, delirium, and coma is important for nurses who care for patients with Disorders of Consciousness (DOC). For improving patient outcomes, it is vital to perform standardized assessments and interventions that are consistent with the cue-response theory. Therefore, the purpose of this review is to provide a greater understanding of encephalopathy, delirium, and coma and to provide standardized assessments and nursing interventions for these DOCs.


  • Describe differences in the disorders or consciousness
  • Identify key assessment components for disorders of consciousness
  • Examine potential nursing interventions for disorders of consciousness

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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