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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM
Peer Reviewer(s): Victoria Menzies, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Item#: N1795
Contents: 1 Course Book (76 pages)
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Fibromyalgia in Women, 2nd Edition

Price $27.95
Item # N1795
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Release Date: August 25, 2017

Expiration Date: August 31, 2020


Fibromyalgia is a chronic, noninflammatory condition that is characterized by localized, widespread pain and tenderness in specific regions of the body, nonrestorative sleep, fatigue, and psychological distress without evidence of a specific disease. Women are seven to eight times more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men, and the risk of developing fibromyalgia increases with age. There is ongoing controversy over the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of fibromyalgia. Nevertheless, despite the difficulty in diagnosis, fibromyalgia has distinct, recognizable symptoms that are real and can be managed. Patients with fibromyalgia need reassurance that they are taken seriously, and they need to be educated about both the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments available for their condition.

The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with evidence-based information on fibromyalgia. This course will cover the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations of fibromyalgia and diagnostic studies, nursing diagnoses, interventions, and interprofessional care options that can be used for women with fibromyalgia. After completing this course, nurses will be further educated on how to provide compassionate care and validate the experiences the woman with fibromyalgia is having in both the inpatient and outpatient areas

Orthopedic Nurses - ONCB has approved this course for 5 Category A contact hours toward recertification.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the incidence of fibromyalgia and the individuals who are most likely to be affected by the disorder.
  • Explain the etiology and pathophysiology of fibromyalgia.
  • Identify the common presenting signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia.
  • Identify the differential diagnoses for fibromyalgia symptoms.
  • Discuss the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic care modalities used in the management of fibromyalgia.
  • Explain common experiences of women with fibromyalgia.


Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM, has more than 30 years of nursing experience caring for women of all ages and sociodemographic backgrounds. Dr. Stiffler is an associate professor at Indiana University School of Nursing and has served the Indiana University School of Nursing in various capacities since 2000. In addition to serving as a nurse educator, Dr. Stiffler has contributed to the women’s health pro­fession by using an interprofessional approach to her practice as a certified nurse-midwife, integrating social work, pharmacy, radiology, physical therapy, genetic counseling, and much more into the clinical setting. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Stiffler has authored many research publications on women’s health issues.


Victoria Menzies, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, is a nurse researcher and educator. Her broad clinical training as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and her doctoral training in research methods have provided an ideal foundation for examining the biobehavioral factors in human health and disease. Over the past 13 years, her research program has focused on improved symptom self-management in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Aside from validation of the condition by healthcare providers, symptom management is one of the biggest challenges for people with fibromyalgia. Thus, her previous work in the field has centered on the development and testing of effective nonpharmacologic symptom self-management strategies. Her current program of research includes investigating mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of chronic widespread pain using metabolomic approaches with an aim to determining the clinical and biological risks that contribute to the development and treatment of chronic pain conditions, particularly fibromyalgia.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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