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A Clinician’s Guide to DSM-5

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1491  

Expiration Date: July 31, 2017

This high-level content course aids clinicians who are transitioning from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5 by providing them with the most essential information about the manual’s structural and diagnostic changes in a single easy-to-use source.  The course describes the newly added and classified disorders, removed or reclassified disorders, and any modified diagnostic criteria for those disorders retained in DSM-5. The course describes the history of the DSM and the development process used in creating the diagnostic system’s new structure. The course addresses the controversies and criticisms that arose with the publication of DSM-5 and the alternative diagnostic systems recently proposed. The quick reference lists and charts included in the course are an indispensable resource for those clinicians ready to use DSM-5.

HIGH-LEVEL CONTENT

A Clinician’s Quick Guide to DSM-5

Price: $14.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1506  

Expiration Date: July 31, 2017

Designed for clinicians who are familiar with diagnosing, this high-level content short course aids clinicians who are transitioning from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5 by providing them with the most essential information about the manual’s structural and diagnostic changes in a single easy-to-use source.  The course lists the newly added and classified disorders, removed or reclassified disorders, and any major modifications to diagnostic criteria for disorders retained in DSM-5. The course describes the history of the DSM and the development process used in creating the diagnostic system’s new structure. The course addresses the controversies and criticisms that arose with the publication of DSM-5 and the alternative diagnostic systems recently proposed. The quick reference lists and charts included in the course are an indispensable resource for those clinicians ready to use DSM-5. For clinicians interested in a more in-depth explanation of the categorical and diagnosis changes and greater diagnostic guidance, a longer version of this course is available.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, the 3-hour edition of A Clinician’s Quick Guide to DSM-5 (N1491).

High-Level Content

Acute and Chronic Wound Management

Price: $14.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1468  

Expiration Date: June 30, 2017

This course provides the clinician with an understanding of acute and chronic wounds, knowledge of the various factors associated with the wound healing process, skills for the assessment and recognition of complications, and intervention strategies for improved success in practice and optimal patient outcomes. 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1374 Wound Management and Healing, 2nd Edition.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: An Overview, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1612  

Expiration Date: December 31, 2017

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a condition with predisposing factors, no known cause, rapid onset, and severe lung malfunction that results in the inability of the lungs to take up oxygen. ARDS is a primary cause of respiratory failure and hospital morbidity. Although some improvements have been made concerning the treatment of ARDS, healthcare professionals face many challenges during care of patients with the syndrome. Despite numerous advances in supportive care, the mortality rate of ARDS remains high; approximately 40% of patients with ARDS do not survive despite supportive therapy. Although researchers are investigating approaches to reduce the severity and progression of ARDS, prevention is the most important intervention, and treatment of precipitating factors, along with ventilatory support, remain standard therapy to reducing the severity of ARDS. Healthcare professionals play an essential role in the prevention, early recognition and diagnosis, and treatment of this catastrophic syndrome. This course is designed for acute-care nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for patients at risk for or who have ARDS. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of ARDS. The course presents essential information about the pathophysiology, incidence, progression, and collaborative treatment of ARDS. Long-term care of patients with ARDS is also discussed. A summary of care during the critical care period is also provided. However, the reader is encouraged to refer to critical care texts for complete orientation to this complex care.

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 3 hours through March 23, 2017.

Adjunctive Wound Care Therapies

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # N1469  

Expiration Date: June 30, 2017

This course provides the clinician with an overview of the various adjunctive therapies used in the management of wounds and how these therapies can enhance wound resolution, so that optimal outcomes can be achieved. Clinicians must be aware of evidence-based practice and methods to promote healing, and have a responsibility to stay informed and updated regarding new and unfolding treatments and modalities. 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1374 Wound Management and Healing, 2nd Edition.

Adoptive Families: Trends and Therapeutic Interventions

Price: $19.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # N1494  

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

When considering adoption of a child, prospective parents face many questions. How old would they like the child to be? Do they have the financial resources to use an adoption agency? Do they have the emotional resources to handle a child with special needs? Will they want contact with the birth parents? Do they face discrimination in adopting a child because they are unmarried or because they are gay or lesbian? Should they consider transcultural adoption? Adoptive families may seek healthcare services for help in answering these questions and in resolving issues that arise after adoption. Adoptive children typically struggle with feelings of abandonment and rejection by their birth parents and have questions about their identities and family memberships. Nurses need to understand the issues that affect such families, particularly issues associated with attachment patterns. 

This course provides a historical overview of adoption trends in the United States and discusses various options for families considering adoption, including international and intercultural adoption. Designed for nurses who work with the pediatric, family, and mental health populations, the course offers the clinician a framework for working with adoptive families and reviews common issues that may arise in treatment. 

Adult Acute Respiratory Infections, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1553  

Expiration Date: November 30, 2017

People with airway infections account for most ambulatory healthcare visits in the United States, and pneumonia remains the sixth leading cause of death. As significant health problems, these conditions influence many situations, among them an individual’s ability to attend school, go to work, and maintain an enjoyable and productive quality of life. Healthcare professionals play a role in the detection and care of people with acute airway infections. Accurate and appropriate assessments, combined with a plan of care, are necessary to prevent transmission and complications. Healthcare professionals also need to advocate judicious use of antibiotics and educate patients on growing concerns regarding drug-resistant microorganisms.

This course provides an overview of current information concerning acute respiratory infections in adults. The course is intended for healthcare professionals who practice in acute care and ambulatory care settings. Regardless of the setting, clinicians are often asked for guidance regarding diagnosis and treatment of airway infections. Having current knowledge about respiratory infections is the only way to provide effective individual care to this large population.

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 3 hours through March 23, 2017.

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Neurocognitive Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1508  

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.

Alzheimer's Disease: A Complete Guide for Nurses

Price: $64.95 Hours:20 Contact Hours
Item # N1261  

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

With the increased focus on gerontological care, nurses must focus on the disease processes that are specific to this population, including dementia. This course provides a thorough review of the major issues regarding one form of dementia—Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Because health practitioners must understand the differences between expected aging processes and the pathophysiology of AD, this course focuses on identification of underlying conditions and the nurse’s participation in this process. The course presents therapeutic approaches for AD such as reality orientation, reminiscing, validation, and the Need-Driven Dementia-Compromised Behavior Model. New medications for AD are reviewed, and tips are provided for avoiding dosage and administration errors. An appendix provides a review of pharmacology principles, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Considerations of caregiving are discussed, including the financial and legal implications of care, as well as caregiver health. Obstacles to communication, bowel and bladder incontinence, and barriers to meeting nutritional needs are presented along with strategies for dealing with them. Nurses will learn about the many issues a caregiver will likely address, such as pain and hospitalization, as well as less obvious needs of patients, including spiritual, religious, and activity needs. 

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 10 hours through July 19, 2017.

Ambulatory Surgical Care, 3rd Edition

Price: $64.95 Hours:20 Contact Hours
Item # N1719  

Release Date: October 17, 2016

Expiration Date: October 31, 2019

Ambulatory surgery staff members work as a team with the patient’s physician and the patient to provide safe, efficient, and streamlined care. Ambulatory surgery offers an evidence-based approach to perioperative care while maximizing convenience and safety. Although emergencies rarely occur in the ambulatory environment, preparation for these events is continuous. Federal and state regulations prompt ambulatory surgery teams to consistently focus on quality assurance, performance improvement, and risk management in an effort to ensure reliable patient safety.

The intent of this course is to provide the learner with information focused on the unique specialty of ambulatory surgical care. Ambulatory surgery is an exciting area of practice that offers clinicians variety and growth opportunities. Although this course will assist nurses who are new to ambulatory surgical care or considering entering ambulatory surgical care, it will also provide up-to-date information relevant to the skills and practices of nurses already working in the ambulatory setting.

Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet, and Thrombolytic Medications: Nursing Implications for Patient Management

Price: $19.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # N1589  

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

Anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and thrombolytic medications are commonly used in the prevention and management of many common medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease (stable and unstable angina), ST-elevation myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary interventions that include stent placement, cardiac dysrhythmias (atrial fibrillation), acute arterial occlusion, peripheral arterial disease, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and ischemic stroke. 

This course describes the nursing implications in managing care of patients receiving these medications, including strategies to enhance therapeutic effects and minimize the risk of adverse effects. This course begins with an overview of hemostasis, with discussion of the clotting cascade, and then describes the regulation of hemostasis and the normal physiology of clot removal. The discussion then turns to anticoagulant medications, which work by preventing clotting factor synthesis or clotting factor activity. They include vitamin K antagonists, factor Xa and thrombin inhibitors, direct thrombin inhibitors, and medications that inhibit selective clotting factor (factor Xa) activity. Antiplatelet medications, such as cyclooxygenase inhibitors, thienopyridines (adenosine diphosphate [ADP] receptor blockers), phosphodiesterase inhibitors, and glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors, prevent the formation of new blood clots or the extension of existing blood clots. Thrombolytic (also known as fibrinolytic) medications act directly to dissolve existing blood clots and are used for the acute treatment of thrombosis. 

This course is designed for nurses who care for patients receiving the described medications. Advanced practice nurse prescribers may benefit from this course as a review of medications and potential drug–drug interactions.

Antidepressants, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1692  

Release Date: January 29, 2016

Expiration Date: January 31, 2019

The purpose of this course is to provide current, evidence-based information for registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and registered pharmacists (RPhs) on the mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics parameters, potential adverse events, adverse event management strategies, and special considerations affecting medication use and selection for medications used to treat depressive disorders. Although many medications used to treat depression have been around for several decades, new medications are constantly under development and it is important that healthcare professionals stay abreast of these new developments. In addition, the way that many of these medications with antidepressant properties are used in clinical practice continues to change. Although only some RNs, APRNs, and RPhs may specialize in mental health, all will encounter patients with mental health conditions such as major depressive disorder. This course is designed for RNs, APRNs, and RPhs practicing in all settings who may encounter patients taking antidepressants or be involved in initiating treatment with antidepressants.

 

Antipsychotics, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # N1529  

Expiration Date: May 31, 2017

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the psychopharmacology of antipsychotic medications. Nurses have an important responsibility in caring for patients receiving psychopharmacologic medications. This course will provide the learner with essential information on antipsychotic medications. Simplified neurophysiology is discussed in order to explain the actions of the drugs, the most common side effects, and the most serious untoward reactions. Nursing assessments and interventions are highlighted. Patient teaching is an integral part of the course, as are approaches to encourage drug compliance. 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Pharmacology for Nurses (N1590).

Anxiolytics and Traditional Mood Stabilizers

Price: $24.95 Hours:5 Contact Hours
Item # N1713  

Release Date: July 27, 2016

Expiration Date: July 31, 2019

The care of patients with mental health diagnoses is by no means limited to psychiatric facilities or practices. Due to the prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. population, patients taking psychiatric medications are treated in virtually all healthcare settings. Anxiety disorders, as a group, represent the most common form of psychiatric illness, and in turn, anti-anxiety medications are prescribed and dispensed with great frequency. Therefore, it is imperative that nurse practitioners maintain current knowledge of these common psychiatric illnesses and treatments.

This course is designed for nurse practitioners in all settings. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the psychiatric pharmacotherapy of anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. This course provides the learner with essential information on anxiolytic and mood stabilizer medications. Clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics are briefly discussed in order to explain the actions of the drugs, their effects on symptoms, their most common side effects, and their most serious adverse reactions. Interactions with other medications and potential for abuse of some drugs are also presented. Learners should be able to apply the material from this course to patient management and teaching scenarios.

Approaches to Geriatric Pharmacology

Price: $19.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # N1711  

Release Date: June 23, 2016

Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

With an aging population come several alarming statistics regarding medication use in older adults. The leading causes of adverse drug events in the older adult population are inappropriate prescribing, inappropriate dosing, and inferior monitoring. Inappropriate monitoring of medication use is accountable for 50% of all drug-related emergency department visits resulting in hospitalization. The vulnerability of older adults is a challenge to the healthcare system, and with respect to medication use, this represents a strong advanced practice registered nurse intervention opportunity.

Any medication problem experienced by an older adult patient requires a multifactorial assessment. The topics covered in this course include core geriatric assessment principles that all disciplines caring for older adults are required to understand, geriatric pharmacological principles, and methods to assess appropriateness of medication use recommendations in the older adult. Individualization of care, a key concept in providing appropriate medication use in older adults, requires skills beyond the conventional assessment of adherence and efficacy. Core competencies include vigilant attention to the older adult’s risk of drug toxicity, appropriate application of adult clinical guidelines to older adults, risk versus benefit assessments, goals of therapy appropriate for older adults in alignment with patient preferences, and optimization of functional status.

This course is for the advanced practice registered nurse who manages the treatment and care of the older adult in all healthcare settings. It provides theoretical framework to apply principles to overall medication management as well as to specialized therapeutic categories of medication use, such as cardiovascular, endocrinological, pulmonary, and psychotropic.

Arterial Blood Gases: A Systematic and Easy Approach, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $14.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1631  

Expiration Date: March 31, 2018

This course is an updated version of N1585, Arterial Blood Gases: A Systematic and Easy Approach.

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with an overview of the common acid-base imbalances, and with the knowledge and skills required to successfully interpret an arterial blood gas (ABG) result. This course is designed for the novice and experienced nurse as well as other healthcare professionals. ABG analysis is a central part of diagnosing and managing a patient’s oxygenation status and acid-base balance. The helpfulness of this laboratory data is dependent on being able to correctly interpret the results and then correlating the findings with the patient’s clinical presentation. The content of this course includes a review of the components of an arterial blood gas study, identification of common acid-base imbalances and accompanying signs and symptoms, discussion of treatment modalities, and a stepwise approach to analyzing an ABG result. 

The healthcare professional’s skill in recognizing disturbances in acid-base balance and interpreting a patient’s ABG results is essential in a variety of clinical situations. ABG analysis is conducted to aid in the determination of a patient’s quality and extent of pulmonary gas exchange and acid-base status. Healthcare professionals may view the task of ABG interpretation as daunting and confusing, but this need not be the case. If a systematic approach is used when evaluating an ABG result, the process becomes intuitive and a natural part of the patient assessment. Substantial alterations affecting a patient’s acid-base status occur when the pH value increases or decreases. These alterations in pH can be, and in some instances are, life-threatening. The ability to identify abnormal pH values, understand, and apply the concepts of acid-base balance will improve the healthcare professional’s ability to track the progression of a patient’s medical status, implement appropriate interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness of the care being provided by the healthcare team.

Asperger's Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders: DSM-5 Changes and Treatment, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1571  

Expiration Date: December 31, 2017

This course is designed to help healthcare professionals recognize and work with the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome.  The DSM-5 subsumed Asperger’s syndrome into the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder; however, there are special qualities to Asperger’s syndrome that professionals may be called upon to identify when assisting in the acquistion of social and other skills sets.  This course is packed with information that professionals will find extremely important in the identification, assessment, and treatment of Asperger’s syndrome; many of the intervention techniques described are also useful in work with children and adults who have autism spectrum disorder. 

The course describes the unique history of the Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis and various theories about causality.  Using case scenarios, the course offers various symptom presentations across the lifespan, which highlight the importance of thorough assessment and individualized treatment interventions. Screening tools and assessment tools are described. The course details numerous treatment interventions for varying areas of difficulty that individuals experience, such as executive function, social interaction, intense and narrow interests, sensory processing, communication (nonverbal skills and pragmatic skills), mental health, theory of mind, and learning style. Interventions that are discussed include cognitive approaches, peer-mediated intervention programs, group interventions, family therapy, and sibling groups. The course describes in detail how such interventions are used to help individuals develop adaptive skills, including life skills such as personal hygiene and time management. The development of relationship and social skills is also discussed, such as social perception and social problem solving, emotional reciprocity, and knowledge of social norms. The course describes family systems issues related to the diagnosis, such as grief and emotional difficulties. Special considerations for females with Asperger’s syndrome are provided. 

This course is intended for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses. However, the course will benefit other professionals who may have a client with Asperger’s syndrome, including physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians or other medical doctors, paraprofessionals, administrators, and teachers. An extensive resources section is provided at the end of the course to further participants' work with clients who have Asperger's syndrome.

Assessing Pain

Price: $14.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1489  

Expiration Date: May 31, 2017

This basic-level course provides an overview of the nature and scope of chronic pain, including the basic physiological principles that underlie pain, and presents basic skills for effective assessment of chronic pain and related problems. The course describes the distinction between acute and chronic pain, the factors that contribute to pain becoming chronic, and the prevalence and impact of chronic pain on physical functioning, health, and quality of life. An introduction to the practical assessment of chronic pain provides readers with a description of selected assessment tools and interview procedures.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Chronic Pain Management: A Psychosocial Perspective (N1617).

Michigan Nurses: This course fulfills your entire pain and symptom management requirement.

Assessment of Pain in Special Populations

Price: $14.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # N1616  

Available in NEW AUDIO BOOK course format. 

When you purchase the audio book format, you will also automatically receive the online version, enabling you to complete the exam and receive credit.

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

Performing a pain assessment is routine for many nurses. However, identifying pain and evaluating the effectiveness of pain treatments can be a challenge in patients that are non-verbal, confused or who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. These individuals may not recognize their own pain and are at risk for inadequate assessment of pain. This informative continuing education course for nurses shares numerous tools and instruments as well as techniques that can be used to assess pain in special populations such as neonates, infants, children, older adults and patients with cognitive impairments and/or developmental disabilities. 

Michigan Nurses: This course fulfills your entire pain and symptom management requirement.

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 1 hours through March 23, 2017.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Pain Management: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition (N1457)

Asthma Management in Children and Adults

Price: $74.95 Hours:30 Contact Hours
Item # N1414  

Expiration Date: February 28, 2017

Understanding of the nature of asthma as an inflammatory airway disease has increased greatly, and accompanying this understanding are improvements in diagnostic guidelines and medications. Because asthma is a chronic disease that occurs across all age groups, nurses in virtually every setting can expect to care for patients with asthma, including older adults, school-age children, and pregnant women as well as patients in occupational settings. This course presents a comprehensive discussion of asthma management. The course is steeped in evidence-based research findings on topics such as epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment, including discussions of health education and environmental triggers such as indoor and outdoor pollutants. The course describes the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines for the treatment and management of patients with asthma, and numerous case studies demonstrate the application of the course content to clinical situations. 

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