Demystifying Stroke Care Across the Continuum

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The post-acute care trajectory of stroke survivors is influenced by factors other than patient characteristics and needs. Despite recommendations by AHA/ASA and supporting empirical evidence, stroke survivors with moderate to severe impairments do not receive acute rehabilitation services.

The majority of stroke survivors require the assistance of a family caregiver however, this caregiver is often not included as a key member of the care team and is often unprepared to assume the caregiver role. Nurses providing acute care to stroke patients often do not have a good understanding of post-acute care services. Family caregivers needs are often not assessed or adequately addressed.

Through the education provided in this presentation, we hope that stroke survivors will receive the appropriate post-acute care services in the appropriate care settings based on needs. and family caregivers will be adequately prepared to meet the needs of stroke survivors post-discharge.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine transitions of care across the stroke continuum and their impact on optimizing patient outcomes
  • Describe the role of family caregivers in care transitions
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  • 1.25 CNE
    ANCC The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, PHNA-BC, FAHA, FAAN 
McNeill Distinguished Professor University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

Dr. Barbara Lutz is the McNeill Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington School of Nursing. Her 40+ year career as a rehabilitation and public health nurse spans practice, research, education, and service.

Her program of 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.

Her goal is to engage patients and their family caregivers in the development of person and family-centered, community-based interventions for people with stroke and other chronic illnesses.

She has served as a Co-Investigator on 2 PCORI-funded studies including a pragmatic clinical trial testing the effectiveness of a post-acute stroke transitional care model in North Carolina and a randomized controlled trial to test a person-centered, community-based Emergency Department (ED) to Home transitional care intervention developed in partnership with researchers, patients, caregivers and community service providers.

Dr. Lutz is the immediate Past President of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and Chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Cardiovascular Disease in Older Populations Committee. She is also currently a member of an AHA writing group to develop metrics for Post-Acute Stroke care. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and American Heart Association.

She currently serves as a member of the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research Advisory Board and has served as a member of the ANA Care Coordination Quality Measures Steering Committee, ANA Care Coordination Expert Panel, and as a rehabilitation nurse expert on the Joint Commission Technical Advisory Panel for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.


Michelle Camicia, PhD CRRN CCM NEA-BC FARN FAHA 
Director Kaiser Found. Rehabilitation Ctr., Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center.

Michelle Camicia, PhD RN CRRN CCM NEA-BC FARN FAHA FAAN has an exceptional rehabilitation nursing career spanning over 30 years. Dr. Camicia’s leadership in practice and research developing and implementing innovative interventions has improved care coordination, and equitable care for individuals with disabilities (IWD) and their caregivers. She has disseminated her work through numerous policy papers, peer reviewed manuscripts, and book chapters.

As an advisory board member of the National Institutes of Health National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), Dr. Camicia secured family caregiving as a focus in NCMRR’s Strategic Plan. She has served on numerous national boards/expert panels, and as an international accreditation surveyor for CARF International.

Her leadership with the American Heart Association (AHA) and Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), including past president, provides venues to strengthen nursing and equitable care delivery for individuals with disabilities regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Camicia is a transformational leader and has been recognized by many awards, including the Kaiser Permanente Exemplary Nurse Leader of the Year award (2020). The ARN has recognized her with the President’s Award (2020), Distinguished Service Award (2012), and Doctoral-Prepared Nurse Researcher (2020) awards.

The ARN White Paper on The Essential Role of the Rehabilitation Nurse in Facilitating Care Transition received the ARN Article of the Year (2014). Dr. Camicia’s work on the PATH-s has been recognized by the American Heart/Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Stroke in 2020 with the Stroke Article of the Year (Camicia, et al., 2020). Further, she was a finalist for AHA/ASA Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award (2018). She is co-developing a global rehabilitation nursing certification program. Dr. Camicia earned a BSN from San Francisco State University, MSN from Sonoma State University, and PhD from the University of California-Davis.


Debbie Summers, MSN, RN, AHCNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA 
Neuroscience Research Coordinator
Saint Lukes Hospital of KC

Debbie Summers works at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO in the Neuroscience Research department. Debbie coordinated the development of Kansas City Saint Luke’s Stroke program and served as the Stroke Program Coordinator for over 20 years from 1993-2014.

Debbie is a nursing leader in the advancement of acute stroke nursing care and speaks nationally frequently. She has authored or been a co-author of many peer reviewed publications, the most recent being the Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke: 2019 Update to the 2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke.

Debbie is active in the American Association Neuroscience Nurses organization and recently served three years as Director-at-Large and currently the President beginning in April 2020. Debbie serves on the AHA/ASA Stroke Advisory Council and Stroke Systems of Care Advisory Group Committee. Debbie’s honors include 2011 Stroke Council Award, AHA 2010 CVN Excellence in Clinical Practice and in 2009 CVN Stroke Manuscript of the Year Award.

In 2013, Debbie and members of the Stroke Nursing Task Force received AHA’s Award of Meritorious Achievement for their work in stroke-related activities that included publication of nursing guidelines and the initiation of the Annual AHA Stroke Nursing Symposium.


Lynn Klassman, MSN, APN, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN 
Stroke Program APN Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Lynn is currently the Stroke Coordinator/APN at a Comprehensive Stroke Center in the metropolitan Chicago area. Lynn has her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Master’s Degree in Nursing as an Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Her background includes many years of critical care experience and the past 11 years has functioned as a stroke coordinator. She loves neuroscience and is passionate about providing and promoting the best possible outcomes for stroke patients.


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Notice of requirements to receive contact hours: 1.25 Nursing Contact Hours will be awarded for individuals who participate in the full activity and complete the post-evaluation for the activity. The ability to view or accept credit for this product expires on 7/1/24.

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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  • 1.25 CNE
    ANCC The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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