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The Amazing Brain: Understanding the Basics

1.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the components of the nervous system; describe the structures and functions of the brain; explain the functions of the two hemispheres of the brain; explain the role of neuron connections, synapses, and neurotransmitters; describe the effect of normal aging on the brain; describe the role of brain imaging and gene studies in the identification of neurological disorders; examine the effects of genes and the environment; and differentiate between current theories of neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, and epigenetics.
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The brain is an amazing organ. Weighing approximately three pounds, and containing approximately 100 billion neurons, the brain controls all necessary functions of the body, receives and interprets information from the outside world, and embodies the essence of the mind. Intelligence, emotion, and memories are just a few of the processes governed by the brain.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the components of the nervous system.
  • Describe the structures and functions of the brain.
  • Identify the functions of the two hemispheres of the brain.
  • Explain the role of neuron connections, synapses, and neurotransmitters.
  • Describe the effects of normal aging on the brain.
  • Describe the role of brain imaging and gene studies in the identification of neurological disorders.
  • Examine the effects of genes and the environment on brain health.
  • Differentiate between current theories of neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, and epigenetics.

The brain has fascinated scientists and philosophers for centuries. Although it comprises only 2% of the body’s total weight, each beat of the heart delivers 20% to 25% of the body’s blood to the brain where nerve cells use, on average, 20% of the body’s oxygen and fuel. There are over 400 billion capillaries in the brain. These blood vessels carry oxygen, glucose, nutrients, and hormones to the brain for its use, and they help rid the brain of waste products (Alzheimer’s Association, 2017).

The brain receives information through the five senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. As the main organ of the human body used to interpret the senses, initiate body movement, and control behavior, the brain is the source of all the qualities that define our humanity—it is the crown jewel of the human body (Mayfield Clinic, 2016; NIH, 2017).

Currently, there is an acceleration of research in neurological and behavioral science with a goal of providing new insights into the mysteries of the brain and developing new treatments for mental and physical conditions. At the forefront of research on the brain and other elements of the nervous system is the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), which conducts and supports scientific studies in the United States and around the world (NIH, 2017).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

October 01, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.