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Barbara Lutz

PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

Dr. Barbara Lutz is the McNeill Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington School of Nursing. Her 30+ year career as a rehabilitation and public health nurse spans practice, research, education, and service. Her research focuses on understanding the needs and experiences of patients with stroke and other chronic illnesses and their family caregivers as they move through the continuum of care, from acute care to home. The goal of her work is to engage patients and their family caregivers in developing person and family-centered, community-based interventions for people with stroke and other chronic illnesses. She is a Co-Investigator on a PCORI-funded research study to test a person-centered, community-based Emergency Department (ED) to Home transitional care intervention developed in partnership with a research team that includes former patients, family caregivers, social workers, ED physicians, staff of two local Area Agencies on Aging, and health services researchers.

Dr. Lutz is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, American Heart Association (AHA), and National Academies of Practice. She is a board member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and is a co-author on a position paper on the transitional care needs for patients needing rehabilitation services and on AHA scientific statements on palliative care in stroke, risk adjustment for stroke, and best evidence on stroke caregiver interventions. She has also served as a member of the ANA Care Coordination Quality Measures Steering Committee and as a rehabilitation expert on the Joint Commission Technical Advisory Panel for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.

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Palliative Care and Advance Directives After Stroke

Presented by Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

Palliative Care and Advance Directives After Stroke

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This course provides students with an overview of the palliative care needs of post-stroke patients and their family members, and provides recommendations for nurses caring for stroke patients and their families across the care continuum. The course starts with an overview of palliative care including definitions and key elements. Current research on and tools for assessing palliative care needs in stroke patients and their families are discussed. Suggestions for family-centered approaches to stroke palliative care and recommendations for nurses who are providing care for stroke patients and their family members in multiple settings are included.

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Stroke in Young & Middle-Aged Adults: Ages 18 to 64

Presented by Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

Stroke in Young & Middle-Aged Adults: Ages 18 to 64

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Approximately one-third of those hospitalized with stroke are under the age of 65. African Americans are approximately twice as likely to experience a stroke at a younger age when compared to Whites. The needs of younger stroke survivors are often very different from those of older stroke survivors. This course provides an overview of the prevalence of "young stroke." The unique needs of young stroke survivors and their families are discussed, and recommendations for nurses and other health care providers for identifying and addressing the needs of younger stroke survivors are highlighted. Examples of novel programs for young stroke survivors are included.

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Post-Stroke Resources and Community Reintegration

Presented by Michelle Camicia, PhD, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FARN, FAHA, FAAN and Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

Post-Stroke Resources and Community Reintegration

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Transitioning home and adapting to life after stroke is often difficult for stroke survivors and their family caregivers. Successful recovery and community reintegration is dependent on stroke survivors and their family members being able to adapt to the post-stroke changes in their lives. They often do not have working knowledge of community- or web-based resources that may be available to help them adjust to new limitations and changes in roles and responsibilities. Members of the interprofessional team can facilitate post-discharge adaptation by anticipating the needs of the stroke survivor and family members and linking them to the most appropriate resources. This course focuses on describing the post-discharge needs of stroke survivors and their family caregivers, assessing post-discharge needs, and identifying resources that can facilitate recovery and successful community reintegration post-stroke. Examples of community- and web-based resources are provided.

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Nursing’s Role in Care Transitions from Acute Care to Post-Acute Care

Presented by Michelle Camicia, PhD, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FARN, FAHA, FAAN and Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

Nursing’s Role in Care Transitions from Acute Care to Post-Acute Care

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This course gives students an overview of the nurse's role in facilitating care transitions for stroke survivors from acute care to post-acute care to optimize outcomes for the patient and family. Specific risk factors associated with poor transitions are presented. Participants will learn nursing interventions to optimize care transitions for stroke survivors. A brief review of evidence-based models of care transitions across the post-acute continuum will be provided.

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