Unilateral neglect is a common disorder following stroke that causes a patient to act as though half of their world does not exist. This condition is associated with an increased length of stay, increased risk for co-morbidities, and decreased discharges to home. This disorder is complex and may not be detected with the use of the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale. The purpose of this review is to gain an understanding of the existing research on the assessment for unilateral neglect post stroke in an acute care setting. An understanding of the need for an acute care nursing assessment promotes advocacy for the patients and families of stroke patients with unilateral neglect.
Learning Outcome: After completing this education activity, the learner will be able to discuss how the use of multiple assessments is beneficial to detection of unilateral neglect post stroke.
Learning Engagement Activity: Explore the various assessments that could be employed to help discover unilateral neglect.
Contact hours available until 2/28/22.
Requirements for Successful Completion: Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.
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Accreditation Statement: This session is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).
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This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michele Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.
Unilateral Neglect: Post Stroke Nursing Assessment in the Acute Care Setting
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2/29/20 1:41 am
This information was very good. As nurses, we are certainly aware of the neglect stroke patients demonstrate. I worked in a facility that was certified as a stroke center, but the only assessment we were required to use was the NIH stroke scale. The cancellation tests reviewed in this article certainly would help access functional deficits stroke patients exhibit with more specificity.
4/21/20 1:30 pm
This article was well written and easy to understand. It helped the reader understand unilateral strokes, the importance to identify them and the fragility of these patients. It also shows the importance of using more then one method to evaluate stroke victims.
5/13/20 3:40 pm
Working in a stroke unit, this article not just reinforcing my knowledge but also reminding me to be meticulously assessed my patients. The importance to notice the changes earlier matters.
7/6/20 7:46 pm
Good overview for stroke patients
7/9/20 1:26 pm
Easy to understand how this article is presented.
9/7/20 12:04 pm
Had never heard of the Apples, Bells, or SNAP. Very interesting article. Good information.
Mary Ann Van Orden
9/12/20 12:52 pm
Wish samples of the neglect tests were included. Have never seen one. Neglect is more of a problem then I think we are aware just from watching my patients.
9/16/20 2:54 pm
As a stroke nurse, this article had pertinent information that I will most certainly utilize in my practice. Early detection is essential to improved patient outcomes.
2/10/21 10:22 am
Very enlightening article. Hope soon researchers can find/identify some early detection and intervention strategies. I agree with the team approach/inter professional approach to dealing with this unilateral neglect.