Pediatric Concussions: Best Practices for Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (mTBI)


About the Course: 
There are three main types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI); Mild TBI or concussion, Moderate TBI, and Severe TBI. This course is designed for practicing healthcare providers who work with children and adolescents who have suffered a minor Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) or concussions. This course is most beneficial for the healthcare provider who has a basic knowledge of concussion and concussion management but has not recently reviewed the current literature about or evidence-based guidelines for concussion care and management. Concussion identification and management is changing every year.  This includes significant changes over the last several years in the classification of concussion and an approach to diagnosis that considers the complexity of concussion and the need for individualized patient-centered care. Gaps in knowledge that have been identified in nursing practice include the role of neuroimaging in concussion, the understanding of current guidelines and definitions of concussion, and the prescription of individualized gradual return to activity and sport (Gillooly, D.R., 2023). This course provides a comprehensive evidenced-based content related to the complex nature of minor concussions or mTBI; the pathophysiology of concussion; the physiologic dysfunction that may result; as well as the assessment tools required for evidence-based examination and treatment. 

Learning Outcomes: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Evaluate the history, epidemiology, and pathophysiology of concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
  • Examine the common signs and symptoms of concussion.
  • Evaluate the key components of the physical examination, including the appropriate tests and measures and how these findings impact prognosis.
  • Recall appropriate patient-centered interventions to address the key concussion symptoms and activity limitations.
  • Evaluate the prognosis of concussion in pediatric patients.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms that warrant referral to the emergency department or to specialists.
  • Evaluate the possible long-term consequences of concussion.
  • Identify concussion prevention strategies and initiatives.

About the Author: 
June D. Thompson, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAEN, is an educator, clinician, researcher, and writer. She has served as the director of education and research for University Hospitals in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as the director of research and development for Florida Hospitals in Orlando, Florida. In these capacities, she helped to champion standards of clinical practice based on evidence. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate nursing at The Ohio State University and the University of Texas, Houston. Dr. Thompson earned her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University; her master’s in nursing from The Ohio State University; and her doctorate in public health, injury epidemiology, from the University of Texas, Houston. 

How to Receive Credit:

  • Read the entire course online.
  • Complete the Self-Assessment Quiz Questions either integrated throughout or all at the end of the course.
    • These questions are NOT GRADED. The questions are included to help affirm what you have learned from the course.
    • The correct answer is shown after the question is answered. If the incorrect answer is selected, a Rationale for the correct answer is provided.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Nursing Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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