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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 25 Contact Hours (0.5 Pharm Hour)
Author(s): Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Mary Fischer, PhD, MSN, WHNP-BC
  • Rosemary Theroux, RNC, PhD, WHNP-BC
Item#: N1788
Contents: 1 Course Book (390 pages)
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Transition to Menopause, 2nd Edition

Price $74.95
Item # N1788
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Release Date: October 26, 2018

Expiration Date: October 31, 2021

This course is intended for Registered Nurses involved in the health care of women. The audience for this course includes, but is not limited to, nurses providing care to women in acute care facilities, private practices, public settings, home health environments, community outreach programs, and public arenas. The purpose of this course is to help the nurse take an individual approach to assisting women who are progressing through menopause and provide nursing care based on the most up-to-date standards and guidelines in order to help women make lifestyle choices.

Course Objectives

  • Describe menopause and the developmental and physical changes that women undergo at the time of menopause.
  • Discuss the normal menstrual cycle, hormonal considerations, the effects of aging on the menstrual cycle, and the significance of abnormal uterine bleeding.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of menopause and the underlying physiology associated with the menopausal transition.
  • Identify the major components of a nursing assessment appropriate for, and specific to, women who are going through the menopausal transition.
  • Recognize the benefit of various types of hormone and alternative therapies available to women in the menopausal transition.
  • Discuss menopause and obesity, the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise, and the importance of preventing osteoporosis, along with therapies for optimal bone health.
  • Describe breast diseases affecting women in midlife and factors that influence them.
  • Describe pathophysiological changes that occur in the cardiovascular system during the menopausal transition and the strategies available to women to prevent cardiovascular disease.
  • Discuss thyroid disease and diabetes, as well as the health risks associated with these diseases.
  • Describe the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gynecologic cancers affecting women in midlife.
  • Describe female sexuality and the management of alterations in mood throughout menopause.
  • Describe potential health difficulties as well as prevention and screening tests for women at midlife and beyond.

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.

Mary Fischer, PhD, MSN, WHNP-BC, is a certified Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and has provided care for women for more than 20 years. She holds certifications as a Childbirth Educator, Lactation Consultant, and Menopause Practitioner. She is currently on the faculty in the Graduate Program at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and is Co-Director of the Post-Master’s Certificate Program.

Rosemary Theroux, RNC, PhD, WHNP-BC, is a certified women’s health nurse practitioner and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings for more than 25 years. She is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts-Worcester. She has conducted and published research in the area of women’s self-care decision making and women’s health practices in Africa. Dr. Theroux has a special interest in global women’s health. Along with other members of a nonprofit group, she has developed a primary care setting with women’s health services in Ghana, Africa.

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.