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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 25 Contact Hours (3.9 Pharm Hours)
Author(s): Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C, RNFA, CNOR
Peer Reviewer(s): Maryam Mamou, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Item#: N1720
Contents: 1 Course Book (370 pages)
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Orthopedic Nursing: Caring for Patients With Musculoskeletal Disorders, 3rd Edition

Price $74.95
Item # N1720
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Release Date: November 17, 2016

Expiration Date: November 30, 2019


Orthopedic nurses must recognize and implement evidence-based practices that promote patient safety initiatives and early recognition of changes in patient condition. Additionally, orthopedic nurses must lead teams with the primary purpose of preventing patient complications.

This course provides nurses with an enhanced and expanded knowledge of evidence-based orthopedic nursing care as it relates to the physiology of the musculoskeletal system, the pathophysiology of musculoskeletal conditions, and the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The course provides valuable information for nurses managing the care of patients with orthopedic conditions in a variety of settings, ranging from the emergency department to acute, in-hospital stays to rehabilitation, home health, and office follow-up. This course focuses on the nursing assessment, preventive care, and management of patients who have common musculoskeletal conditions related to trauma, infection, inflammation, degeneration, repetitive and sports-related injuries, metabolic bone disease, and neoplasms.

This course serves to increase the nurse’s foundational knowledge of evidence-based information, providing resources for the nurse to access in real time, and highlighting changing requirements in the healthcare delivery system impacting orthopedic services. After completing this course, the nurse will recognize and apply evidence-based guidelines, integrate this knowledge into their practice, and implement changes into the performance of nursing assessments, care provision, care management, and patient engagement.



Orthopedic Nurses - ONCB has approved this course for 25 contact hours in Category A toward recertification.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the issues relevant to the current practice of orthopedic nursing.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system and the pathophysiology of acute and chronic conditions related to the musculoskeletal system of adults and children.
  • Describe how to perform a nursing assessment of the musculoskeletal system in the presence of normal musculoskeletal findings, preoperative and postoperative environment, and abnormal clinical manifestations related to acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and traumatic musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Describe evidence-based standards of nursing care related to acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, diagnostic procedures, preoperative and postoperative orthopedic modalities, prevention, rehabilitation, pain management, and patient education.
  • Describe the aspects related to the future of orthopedics from the standpoints of healthcare reform, innovation, patient- and family-centered care, and interdisciplinary care.


Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C, RNFA, CNOR, completed a post-master’s Certificate in Rural Nursing Case Management after finishing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Alabama. Dr. Smith is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with additional certifications in orthopedics and perioperative nursing. She has a background in the utilization of care coordination and patient-centered care to promote continuous quality improvement and enhance patient safety in the residential settings of rural elderly and disabled individuals. She is currently assisting with the development of a grassroots community network that will support the elderly to remain healthy, independent, and active while aging in place in their homes. Dr. Smith is the sole recipient of the 2013 Nurse in Washington Internship Scholarship, a distinguished public policy fellow with the National Academies of Practice, and a National Rural Health Association policy fellow. Her policy experience revolves around quality improvement in rural health care for the elderly and disabled that are homebound. She has a strong passion for education, having served as the director of education and programs for the Mississippi Rural Health Association, and she is currently assistant professor and assistant program director of online programs for South University College of Nursing and Public Health. Along with publications in several peer-reviewed nursing journals and nursing textbooks, she has developed and authored clinical practice guidelines and revised an operating room manual for the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses.


Maryam Mamou, BSN, RN, CWOCN, is an Irish-trained RN who has lived and worked in the United States for more than 25 years. During her career she completed a BSN and then became a certified rehabilitation nurse, a certified life care planner, and more recently a certified wound ostomy and continence nurse. She is a graduate of the Wound Ostomy and Continence program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and is nationally certified in these areas.

Ms. Mamou has worked in various clinical settings including acute care, orthopedic rehabilitation, home health care, and outpatient wound care. She has held positions as staff nurse, unit coordinator, educator, and director of nursing in home health care. She has been involved in developing and implementing several staff education programs. She currently works as a nurse consultant with the state of Wisconsin, assisting in reviewing and auditing the state Medicaid program.

  • 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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