Foundations Module 5.3: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Rehabilitation


This course includes two recorded videos and one case study. You will need to review all of this course content, then receive a 70% or higher passing grade on a quiz, and lastly complete an evaluation to receive your certificate and complete this course. You will have access to this course for 1 year, starting on the purchase date.


A Spinal Cord Injury is a traumatic insult to the spinal cord resulting in alterations or complete disruption of normal motor, sensory and autonomic function. There are approximately 17,000 new cases each year. The high number of spinal cord injuries (SCI) indicates the importance of SCI knowledge in rehabilitation nurses. This course includes in depth training on the mechanisms of injury, pathophysiology, levels of injury, and common complications, along with assessment and intervention priorities when caring for SCI patients. Since chronic pain is a common challenge in SCI patients, the course includes a case study on SCI Pain Management in the rehabilitation setting.

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify common mechanisms related to spinal cord injury
  • Describe common spinal cord injury phenomena
  • List common medical complications related to spinal cord injury
  • Discuss nursing and medical interventions for sequelae of spinal cord injury
  • Identify levels of injury and syndromes
  • Identify function based on level of injury
  • Identify interventions base on level of injury
  • Identify and describe the symptoms and etiology of discitis Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Describe the possible origins of a SCI
  • List factors that can reduce pain in spinal cord injury patient
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  • 2.00 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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Margi Williams PhD, RN, MSN, CRRN, FNP-BC, FABDA, FARN is a clinical nurse on the
acute pediatric Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Children’s
Healthcare of Atlanta, GA. She is an early childhood intervention researcher and
inventor of a therapy device. In addition, she is a Nurse Practitioner working with
adults with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders in the group
home community setting. Her interests include early childhood intervention,
working with patients with cognitive and neurologic disorders, patient/family
education for those with literacy challenges and transitioning from pediatric to adult
care. She has been a rehab nurse for over 35 years and an active ARN member
for over 30 years. She has given numerous conference presentations and
authored several publications, including rehabilitation nursing guidelines.


Lilian Williams, RN MSN CRRN

None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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2 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 7/2/2024.

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.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 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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