- Describe complications, costs, and pathophysiology of postextubation dysphagia.
- Distinguish between dysphagia screening and dysphagia evaluation.
- Discuss criteria of good dysphagia screening tools and the clinical implications of their use.
Karen L Johnson, PhD,RN,FAAN
Dr. Karen Johnson received her PhD in clinical nursing research from University of Kentucky. Her clinical background includes 25 years as a trauma/critical care clinical nurse specialist. She has held numerous faculty positions, teaching undergraduate and graduate critical care. She has been the director of nursing research for the past 10 years, focusing on clinical nursing research with direct application to nursing practice.
Lauri Speirs, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN
Lauri Speirs has been the Stroke Program clinical nurse specialist at John Peter Smith (JPS) Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas since 2014. Speirs holds a master’s in nursing from Grand Canyon University and certifications in progressive care, stroke and neuroscience nursing. She was awarded the JPS Excellence award in 2017 and Arizona’s Health Care Hero award in 2012. As part of her commitment to excellence, Speirs developed and teaches several classes to nursing staff at JPS. She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Heart Association, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. In addition to poster presentations at various state and national conferences, Speirs co-presented Banner Health System’s stroke dysphagia screen at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists’ conference in 2014.
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