Neurological System Overview

Audience /Overview

CNAs in long-term care, sub-acute facilities, and hospital settings will received detailed information on the neurological system. This will include an overview of the functions of neurological system and how disorders of the neurological system affect their patients. Most neurological disorders are chronic and therefore affect patients for long periods. Patients with neurological disorders frequently need assistance from CNAs, therefore it is essential CNAs understand common disease progressions for various neurological diseases in addition to understanding appropriate care for these patients. Additionally, the disease state for patients with neurological diseases can make it difficult for these patients to state their wishes or voice their complaints. CNAs are at the forefront of patient care and should know ways that they can care for patients even when they cannot voice their own needs. Nurses will explore recommended guidelines for caring for patients with neurological disorders in nursing homes and other settings.

Course Curriculum

  1. Basic anatomy of the neurological System
  2. Physiology of the neurological system
  3. Aging and the Brain
  4. Neuropathy: symptoms and causes
  5. Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia: similarities and differences
  6. The roles of CNAs in ensuring safety for Dementia patients
  7. Parkinson’s Disease
  8. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) vs. Multiple Sclerosis
  9. CNA roles in caring for ALS and MS patients
  10. Stroke
  11. Pain and neurological disorders

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Summarize the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Understand the normal changes of the brain with aging
  • Discuss the CNAs role in caring for patients with neurological disorders
  • Know the signs of pain in a patient with a neurological disorder
  • Verbalize the cause of neuropathy
  • State risk factors for developing a neurological disorder

Course Format and Teaching Method

  • The course is led by an instructor in a classroom setting. Instructors will lecture content and lead active discussions to include the cognitive learning portion of the class. This will also include handouts, case scenarios, and activities. The instructor will guide the students through the slide contents, discussions, case scenarios and the activities to encourage participation. To ensure cognitive learning was achieved, a quiz will be given at the end of the lecture and activities.
  • Course duration: 4 hours

Course Completion Certificate

NAC CE Credits: 4.0

Textbook Requirement

  • A lecture manual with slides and handouts will be handed out at the beginning of class to each student at no additional charge.
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Course Summary


NAC CE Credits: 4.0

Oakland, CA & Sacramento, CA

4 hours

Lecture Manual Included

Class Times

Classroom CourseOakland / Bay AreaSacramentoYour Location

This CNA Course will include an overview of the functions of neurological system and how disorders of the neurological system affect their patients.

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