About 700,000 strokes occur in the United States each year. A stroke can affect a person physically and emotionally, and can affect the way a person thinks (cognition) and acts (behavior). Living with and returning home following a stroke can be daunting, requiring preparation for a patient’s ongoing safety, accessibility and independence.
In a podcast available as a download above and from Shepherd Center Radio, clinical nurse specialist Tiffany LeCroy, MSN, RN, FNP-C, ACNS-BC, CRRN, discusses stroke education for Shepherd Center patients undergoing rehabilitation in the stroke program, addressing stroke awareness, prevention and how to manage life after a stroke.
LeCroy, a clinical nurse specialist in Shepherd Center's Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, has more than 21 years of experience specializing in brain injury rehabilitation. In her current role, she oversees the orientation and education of clinical nursing staff, as well as the development and presentation of educational materials for patients and caregivers at at Shepherd Center. LeCroy frequently provides brain injury presentations to acute care hospital staff, local university nursing students and at national nursing conferences. She is a co-author for The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses “The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing: A Core Curriculum” (7th Ed.); Traumatic Injuries Chapter 23. Tiffany is board certified as an adult clinical nurse specialist and family nurse practitioner.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Ga., is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Last year Shepherd Center had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at www.shepherd.org