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Module 3 Initial stroke assessment

Estimated time:
10 mins
Last updated:
3 June 2020

Module 3 Initial stroke assessment


Initial stroke assessment is module three in a series of six modules, which aim to provide rural and regional nurses with an overview of stroke care. To find out more about the full set of resources, please visit Stroke care: an overview for rural and regional nurses.

Learning objectives

  • Explain the key investigations, assessments and observations required for the care of a patient with stroke in the emergency department.
  • Recognise conditions that may present as stroke mimics.


Thanks to Liza Hofma, Associate Nurse Unit Manager, Emergency Department, Mount Gambier & Districts Health Services; Lizzie Dodd, Nurse Consultant, Acute Stroke Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital; and A/Professor Timothy Kleinig, Stroke Unit Head, Royal Adelaide Hospital and Rural Clinical Stroke Lead for their assistance in developing the content for these modules.