Epilepsy 101

Epilepsy 101

Developed specifically for nurses caring for persons with epilepsy, offers any health care professional an introduction to core elements of seizures, epilepsy, and epilepsy care.

These modules will assist nurses and other health care professionals to provide appropriate care and support to patients and families in any health care setting.

This program was approved and published by the American Epilepsy Society in 2013*.


Welcome and Introductions
Patricia Osborne Shafer, RN, MN
Audio: (0h 7m 44s) | MP3
Print: Slides


Module 1
Basics of Epilepsy

Georgette Smith, PhD, APRN, CPNP


Module 2
Recognition and Care of Seizures and Emergencies
: Part 1
Patricia Osborne Shafer, RN, MN

Recognition and Care of Seizures and Emergencies: Part 2
Madonna Plueger, APRN, ACNS-BC


In 2017, the ILAE released a new classification of seizure types, largely based upon the existing classification formulated in 1981. Primary differences include:

  • Specific listing of certain new focal seizure types that may previously only have been in the generalized category
  • Use of awareness as a surrogate for consciousness
  • Emphasis on classifying focal seizures by the first clinical manifestation (except for altered awareness)
  • A few new generalized seizure types
  • Ability to classify some seizures when onset is unknown
  • Renaming of certain terms to improve clarity of meaning

Seizure Classification - Educational Slide Deck Fisher et al. Instruction manual for the ILAE 2017 operational classification of seizure types. Epilepsia doi: 10.1111/epi.13671. 
The above PowerPoint slide set may be used without need to request permission for any non-commercial educational purpose meeting the usual "fair use" requirements. Permission is required to use any of the slides in a publication or for commercial use. Contact details are provided in the slide deck.


Module 3
Overview of Treatment Options: Part 1

Kathryn A. O'Hara, RN
Media: Play Presentation (0h 12m 16s) | MP3
Print: Slides

Overview of Treatment Options: Part 2
Georgette Smith, PhD, APRN, CPNP


Module 4
Patient and Family Education and Self-Management Approaches

Patricia Osborne Shafer, RN, MN

Audio: (20m 12s) MP3


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