|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||3 Contact Hours|
Expiration Date: January 31, 2017
As the United States sees a dramatic increase in the geriatric population, more people will experience diseases of aging, including dementia and related neurocognitive disorders. Dementia refers to a variety of diseases and conditions that affect cognition and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive and fatal brain disease, is the most prevalent form of dementia.
This course will help clinicians distinguish among the different types of dementias and neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, mixed dementia, frontotemporal dementia, HIV-associated dementia, Huntington’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Parkinson’s disease, and normal pressure hydrocephalus. The course describes neuroanatomy of the brain and brain changes in normal aging and then moves to an in-depth discussion of Alzheimer’s disease. Research on the causes of Alzheimer’s disease focuses on a variety of factors, including genetics and the processes of neurotransmitters. The course describes the major risk factors in the development of Alzheimer’s disease: age, family history, vascular disease, years of education, and ethnicity. Diagnostic evaluation is discussed, as are the latest approaches to treatment and management, including pharmacological treatments, domains of care management, and caring for the caregiver. This course is designed for advanced practice and psychiatric nurses who work with elderly people and their families in acute and long-term care, institutional, home-based, or community settings.
California Nursing Home Administrator Program - NHAP approved for 3 hours through May 6, 2018.
Texas Nurses - This course fulfills 2-hour Older Adult/Geriatric Care requirement.
|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||3 Contact Hours|
Expiration Date: April 30, 2017
Sleep disorders affect an estimated 70 million people each year, making restful, restorative sleep impossible. Sleep loss and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of health consequences. The course begins with an overview of normal sleep and a description of the stages of sleep. Common sleep disorders are described, such as insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, and parasomnias. Sleep apnea, specifically obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is the most common of the disorders treated in sleep disorder centers.
The symptoms of OSA can be divided into two categories: Nighttime symptoms include loud snoring, snorting or gasping during sleep, restlessness, choking or gagging, cardiac arrhythmias, and perfuse nighttime sweating. Daytime symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headache, high blood pressure, irritability, poor memory, and poor job performance. Common causes of upper airway obstruction, which leads to OSA, are described. Nurses will learn about evaluation techniques used in sleep disorder centers, in particular polysomnography, the multiple sleep latency test, and the maintenance of wakefulness test. The course describes treatments for OSA, such as behavioral changes, continuous positive airway pressure, and the use of intraoral devices. Surgical treatments that are described include uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, correction of nasal obstruction (septoplasty, turbinectomy, and polypectomy), tonsillectomy, facial bone reconstruction, and tracheostomy.
|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||4 Contact Hours|
Expiration Date: February 28, 2018
Over the past several decades, significant gains have been made in the field of pain management.
There is a better understanding of the neurophysiological mechanisms of acute and chronic (persistent) pain. This understanding has led to both the development of new pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies. There is an increased understanding that pain treatment requires the expertise of an interdisciplinary team. Licensed practical nurses and registered nurses care for patients who experience pain in acute care, long-term care, and community settings. When caring for the person in pain, nurses and other healthcare professionals need to consider how pain affects the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being of individuals. An important role of the nurse in providing quality patient care is advocating for effective pain treatment. Because pain is a universal experience, nurses need to be knowledgeable regarding the assessment and treatment of pain across healthcare settings and for diverse populations. In initial educational programs, nurses and other healthcare professionals receive limited education regarding pain and effective pain management. The increase in prescription drug abuse has increased the need for nurses and other healthcare professionals to understand safety and legal requirements for prescribing and administering pain medications. Furthermore, rapidly developing scientific knowledge has made it difficult for healthcare professionals to remain current in pain management.
The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with current knowledge about pain, especially chronic persistent pain, and nursing care for persons experiencing pain. The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment of chronic pain. With this knowledge, the learner will be able to both educate patients and advocate for effective pain treatment.
Michigan - fulfills pain and pain symptom management requirement.
This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Pain Management: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition (Item #N1457)