Abstract T MP99: Your Role as Stroke Coordinator, from Surviving to Thriving
Background: Stroke coordinators are essential to stroke programs. An international survey demonstrates lack of formal guidance and role expectations. The ASA Southwest Affiliate observed high turnover of stroke coordinators and lack of general knowledge of their role. Additionally, there were few local experts available to individually mentor new coordinators. ASA staff teamed with experienced stroke coordinators to host the first conference of this kind in the region.
Purpose: The purpose of this conference was to impact practice and longevity by offering content focused on successful stroke program development and key stroke coordinator responsibilities.
Methods: ASA staff recruited successful stroke coordinators from the SW Affiliate to plan a 2 day conference with a keynote, 2 hours of breakout sessions and 8.5 hours of CE. Topics included: stroke coordinator role, certification preparation, team leadership, resources, and PI. Sponsors and vendors participated, and registrants paid $150. To encourage attendance, the committee chose an upscale Denver hotel with reasonable room prices, identified the theme of Survivor and the tagline “From Surviving to Thriving”. Mirroring the TV show, team challenges reinforced important concepts and encouraged networking.
Results: 45% of attendees came from GWTG Stroke hospitals in the SWA. Sixty-nine online evaluations indicated 77% were in the role less than 2 years. Only 5% reported a structured orientation plan and 39% answered “no, I made it up as I went along.” At the conclusion of the conference, 90% stated they could define key responsibilities of the stroke coordinator and 90% indicated they could articulate the important role evidenced-based guidelines play in the care of the stroke patient.
Conclusion: Stroke programs success depend greatly on the competency and ability of the stroke coordinator. The ASA’s support of programs that spotlight the stroke coordinator’s responsibilities offer a unique venue to gather colleagues and discuss the evolution of the position as it pertains to the stroke continuum of care. The SW Affiliate will host the 2nd event in May 2015 in Houston. A long term goal of this SW Affiliate group is to offer this conference annually.
Author Disclosures: A. Graves: None. J. Blakie: None. C. Casper: None. S. Chapman: None. L. DeLuna: None. H. Lorenz: None. J. Mazabob: None. D. Motz: None. S. Ochoa: None. M. Whaley: None. M. Zimmermann: None.
- © 2015 by American Heart Association, Inc.