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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Mary A. Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C
Peer Reviewer(s): Cathy R. Kessenich, PhD, ARNP, FAANP
Item#: N1792
Contents: 1 Course Book (72 pages)
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Rotator Cuff Injury: Assessment, Interventions, and Recovery, 2nd Edition

Price $27.95
Item # N1792
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Release Date: January 29, 2018

Expiration Date: January 31, 2021

The incidence of rotator cuff tears (RCTs) is expected to increase as the population over the age of 65 continues to grow, and will continue to contribute to disability, poor physical function, and increased healthcare costs. The purpose of this course is to educate RNs and APRNs on the anatomy and physiology of the rotator cuff, the pathophysiology of rotator cuff tears, symptoms, assessment, diagnostic testing, nonsurgical and surgical treatment, management and rehabilitation.


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

Course Objectives

  • Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the rotator cuff and the pathophysiology of rotator cuff tears.
  • Discuss the appropriate assessment and diagnostic testing of rotator cuff tears.
  • Explain the evidence-based treatment and management of rotator cuff tears.
  • Discuss the evidence-based rehabilitative management of rotator cuff tears.

Mary A. Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C, is a board-certified family and orthopedic nurse practitio­ner and a registered nurse first assistant with Starkville Orthopedic Clinic in Starkville, Mississippi, and is an associate professor of nursing at Olivet Nazarene University. She received her BSN from the Mississippi University for Women, her MSN from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. Dr. Smith is a member of the Mississippi Nurses’ Association, Sigma Theta Tau, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, and the National Rural Health Association. She has published articles in a variety of nursing journals and textbooks.

Cathy R. Kessenich, PhD, ARNP, FAANP, has been practicing as an adult/geriatric nurse practitioner for the past 20 years. During that time she served as the director of the department of nursing at the University of Tampa and was responsible for establishing the adult/geriatric nurse practitioner program at the university. She taught courses in advanced health assessment and adult clinical management in the nurse practitioner program. Dr. Kessenich has worked clinically in internal medicine, urgent care, women’s health, and college health. Currently she works full-time as an adult/geriatric nurse practitioner for DaVita Medical Group in St. Petersburg, Florida. In that role she covers all triage and walk-in patients and focuses on sports and musculoskeletal injuries.

  • 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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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.