• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Nursing Home Administration

3 Contact Hours

(1 pharm hour)

Author(s): Cira Fraser, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Margaret Umhauer, RN, MS, NP
Item#: N1607
Contents: 1 Course Book (54 pages)
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Multiple Sclerosis: Nursing Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes, Updated 1st Edition

Price $21.95
Item # N1607
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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, credit will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 1/31/2018.

Expiration Date: January 31, 2018

The course of multiple sclerosis (MS) is unpredictable and symptoms can vary considerably.  Many patients with MS continue to carry on with daily activities, especially in times of remission, but frequently require accommodations because of ongoing symptoms. Although MS is not a curable disease, disease-modifying medications can help to moderate symptoms. Over time, as symptoms progress, patients experience increased disability and psychosocial issues.

The number of healthcare providers specializing in MS and the availability of disease-modifying medications and symptomatic treatments for MS are increasing. As a result, nurses have emerged as key members of the multidisciplinary teams that are managing the care of individuals with MS. 

Designed for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and licensed practical and vocational nurses, this course provides an introduction to the comprehensive care needed by individuals and families living with MS. Nurses who are knowledgeable and sensitive to the issues faced by patients with MS will be more effective in educating, motivating, and supporting those living with this unpredictable, chronic neurological condition. The content may be used in a variety of healthcare settings.

Orthopaedic Nurses - ONCB has approved this course for 3 contact hours in Category A toward recertification.

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 3 hours through April 10, 2019.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the epidemiology, pathology, and classifications of multiple sclerosis.
  • List common symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  • Discuss issues related to use of disease-modifying medications.
  • Describe strategies to educate and motivate patients and families living with multiple sclerosis.
  • Describe the psychosocial issues affecting patients and families living with multiple sclerosis.
  • Discuss management of common problems with multiple sclerosis.

Cira Fraser, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, is associate professor and a member of the graduate faculty at the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey.

Dr. Fraser received her nursing diploma from the School of Nursing at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Staten Island New York; her BSN degree from the College of Staten Island in New York; her MS in nursing from Rutgers University in Newark New Jersey; and her PhD in nursing from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Medical/Surgical Nursing.

Dr. Fraser served as a board member of the Multiple Sclerosis Nurses International Certification Board from 2001 to 2006 and is a member of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses where she serves on the Research Committee. She is a member of several professional societies including the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Dr. Fraser is an ad hoc reviewer for the International Journal of MS Care and several other peer-reviewed journals. She is also a grant reviewer for the Italian MS Society. She is the Editor of the Nurse Network at www.neura.net and also Co-editor of MS Scan a newsletter designed to keep healthcare providers up to date on the latest research on multiple sclerosis that is available full text on the website.

Dr. Fraser is the principal research investigator for several studies exploring predictors of adherence to glatiramer acetate therapy in individuals with multiple sclerosis as well as other aspects of multiple sclerosis. Other research interests include stroke and normal pressure hydrocephalus in older adults. She is also involved in a variety of other scholarly activities including teaching theory development research data management and education courses to graduate students in nursing and serving on advisory boards and task forces to develop practice standards for nurses who care for patients with multiple sclerosis.

A frequent presenter and lecturer at major professional meetings in the United States and abroad Dr. Fraser is the author of numerous studies in peer-reviewed journals.
Margaret Umhauer, RN, MS, NP, is a Nurse Practitioner at the Baird Multiple Sclerosis Center of the Jacobs Neurological Institute, University Neurology located at the Buffalo General Hospital site of the Kaleida Health System. She received a BS in nursing from D’Youville College in 1971, a master’s degree in rehabilitation nursing from the State University of Buffalo in 1974, and an Acute Care Adult Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of Rochester in 1996. She has worked in many clinical and educational settings; however, since 1991 she has concentrated her practice on the care of the patient with multiple sclerosis. Ms. Umhauer has been a member of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses since its first credentialing exam. In 2010 she was awarded an MS Nurse Awareness Scholarship to attend the 2nd Annual Linda Morgante MS Nurse Leadership Program. She has been a lecturer at local and national conferences and enjoys speaking to patients, families and other professionals. She continues to lecture every semester in the Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program of the State University of New York at Buffalo on Neurological Assessment. Ms. Umhauer is a published author and has collaborated in a number of research projects.
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