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Western Schools 365 Nursing Membership


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A Women's Genetic Risk for Developing Cancer

Price: $21.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1938  

Release Date: October 16, 2017

Expiration Date: August 31, 2020

Some families have multiple individuals with a history of malignancy, suggesting a hereditary risk beyond what would be expected by chance. Advances in genetic science and testing have made it possible to identify families at risk for developing malignancies because of mutated, absent, or defective genes.

When genetic testing identifies a pathogenic mutation in a family, there is a possibility that family members who do not have a diagnosis of cancer can have genetic testing to clarify whether they have a high risk for developing malignancy. For those family members with a mutation, tailored recommendations can decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with certain cancers in these families. This course provides nurses with key information on how family history can contribute to cancer risk for some cancer diagnoses in women.

 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1755 - Cancer in Women, 3rd Edition.

Acute Cardiovascular Conditions

Price: $32.95 Hours:10 Contact Hours
Item # N1754  

Release Date: January 19, 2017

Expiration Date: January 31, 2020

Because of the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, nurses must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to aid in its reduction. Recognizing patients at risk for acute cardiovascular conditions and taking the initiative to educate patients of the behavioral and non-behavioral cardiovascular risk factors for these conditions can enhance prevention and management strategies aimed to control the prevalence of the disease. In addition to using nursing education as a primary prevention strategy, nurses must also be aware of initial assessment and management strategies for patients with cardiovascular disease in the acute phase.

This course provides information to support nurses working across all healthcare settings who care for patients with acute cardiovascular disease. This course can serve as a reference for nurses working in cardiovascular areas or provide those desiring to work in cardiovascular areas with an introduction to comprehensive acute cardiovascular care. Nursing application points in the clinical setting are highlighted throughout the course to assist learners in identifying key issues in the care of patients with acute cardiovascular disease.

 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1724 - Cardiovascular Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Patient Care.

ADHD in Adults

Price: $21.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # N1919  

Release Date: April 5, 2018

Expiration Date: March 31, 2021

ADHD is no longer seen as a childhood disorder, and it is likely that many adults affected by the ADHD are undiagnosed. It is for this reason that this course has been developed: to educate healthcare professionals and bring clarity and a deeper understanding to the research, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD in adults. Additionally, the significance of workplace-related issues and ADHD are discussed.

 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1814 - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Throughout the Life Span: Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment, 3rd Edition.

Alternative Therapies for Asthma

Price: $16.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1863  

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Expiration Date: January 31, 2021

A complementary, or alternative, therapy is any healing practice that is not considered part of conventional, mainstream medicine. Complementary therapies may be based on historical or cultural traditions, rather than on scientific evidence (National Asthma Council Australia, 2012). It is important to understand that there is a distinction between complementary and alternative practices. If a nonmainstream practice is used in conjunction with conventional medicine, it is considered complementary. If a nonmainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it is considered alternative. Most people who use nonmainstream approaches combine them with conventional treatments (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health [NCCIH], 2016).

Although not a mainstay of therapy, the use of alternative therapies by individuals with asthma warrants discussion because of its increasing popularity. The use of alternative therapies is so prevalent that healthcare professionals can expect to provide care to a large number of individuals who use these therapies. Alternative therapies may influence the delivery of medical care, so it is important to ask about a history of alternative therapy use in the assessment. Healthcare professionals have a responsibility to provide individuals who use other therapies with accurate information about the safety and potential adverse interactions with traditional medical care. It is imperative that the person with asthma understand the risks and benefits of alternative treatments, which ones have evidence-based effectiveness, and the need to maintain medical management and follow-up to ensure good asthma outcomes. This course focuses specifically on the use of alternative therapies in asthma treatment.

 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with, N1787 - Asthma Management in Children and Adults, 2nd Edition.

Alzheimer's Disease: Challenges, Interventions, and Approaches to Care

Price: $32.95 Hours:10 Contact Hours
Item # N1853  

Release Date: October 30, 2017

Expiration Date: September 30, 2020

 

This course focuses on the nurse's role in assessing and intervening to address communication challenges, nutrition, incontinence, falls and restraint use, and pain and hospitalization for the person with Alzheimer’s disease. Because it is important to think beyond the physical care of the person with dementia, the course examines spirituality, palliative and end-of-life care for the person with AD. Pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions are also discussed.

 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1846 - Alzheimer's Disease: Definitions, Diagnostics, and Patient-Centered Care.

 

Texas Nurses - This course fulfills 2-hour Older Adult/Geriatric Care requirement.
This course has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 12 clock hours.

 

 

Ambulatory Surgery: Anesthetic Management for Nurses

Price: $32.95 Hours:10 Contact Hours
Item # N1739  

Release Date: November 14, 2016

Expiration Date: November 30, 2019

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1719 Ambulatory Surgical Care, 3rd Edition or N1738 Ambulatory Surgery Nursing Essentials.

Hospital outpatient departments, free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, and office-based surgery suites have grown exponentially in volume since the 1970s. The reasons for growth are multifactorial and include technological advances in surgery, anesthesia, and medication management; patient and provider demand and acceptance; quality and safety initiatives; and cost-containment efforts. The need for educated, knowledgeable, and experienced nurses will only increase as surgery numbers grow in the outpatient setting and anesthetic management and technology-enhanced surgery expand. 

Ambulatory surgery nurses work as a team with the patient’s anesthesia care provider, surgeon, surgical technician, other nurses, and the patient to provide safe, efficient care while minimizing pain and anxiety for the patient. The provision of anesthesia during ambulatory surgery offers an evidence-based approach to perioperative care while maximizing convenience and safety. Nurses caring for patients under anesthesia use critical thinking skills to assess each patient and coordinate customized care that results in optimal outcomes. Although complications related to anesthesia occur infrequently in the ambulatory surgery setting, nurses must be able to recognize and manage emergencies should they occur. 

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with the information needed to effectively manage the nursing care of the patient undergoing anesthesia for ambulatory surgery. This course provides key concepts and knowledge to nurses who are new to the ambulatory surgery environment or who are considering entering the ambulatory surgery nursing specialty. The course also provides up-to-date, evidence-based information on anesthesia management and care relevant to the skills and practice level of experienced nurses already working in the outpatient surgery setting.

 

Kentucky APRNs - Fulfills pharmacology requirement.

Ambulatory Surgery: Nursing Essentials

Price: $44.95 Hours:15 Contact Hours
Item # N1738  

Release Date: November 17, 2016

Expiration Date: November 30, 2019

Note: This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1719 Ambulatory Surgical Care, 3rd Edition or N1739 Ambulatory Surgery: Anesthetic Management for Nurses.

Ambulatory surgery offers an evidence-based approach to perioperative care while maximizing convenience and safety. The ambulatory surgery nurse is a valuable member of the patient care team, managing preadmission findings, preoperative assessments, intraoperative patient care, and postoperative education needs. The nurse works as an advocate for the patient by reviewing relevant findings and creating a customized plan of care for each patient.

Due to the evolution of care and the varied procedures performed in the ambulatory setting, even the most experienced nurse needs to keep pace with the many changes in healthcare delivery based on updated evidence-based guidelines and criteria. 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. As the demand for qualified professional nurses increases with the expansion of ambulatory surgical care services across the country, nurses must constantly adapt and integrate new knowledge into practice.

The purpose of this course is to share essential, evidence-based information about the care that professional nurses provide to patients in the ambulatory surgery environment. Although the same-day, short-stay timeframe is a clear benefit to patients undergoing surgery in the ambulatory setting, it places increased challenges on care providers, especially nurses. Nurses working in this environment must have up-to-date key knowledge and possess astute screening and assessment skills, knowledge of safety and regulatory requirements, emergency response skills, and the ability and compassion to educate patients and families to facilitate a safe and successful discharge from the unit.

 

Kentucky APRNs - Fulfills pharmacology requirement.

An Overview of ADHD

Price: $26.95 Hours:5 Contact Hours
Item # N1918  

Release Date: April 2, 2018

Expiration Date: March 31, 2021

Over time, the understanding and perceptions of attention deficit/hyperacticity disorder (ADHD) have changed dramatically as a result of advances in medical technology and recent increases in medical knowledge. This course walks clini-cians through that evolution, providing them with a comprehensive history as well as the latest available research. This course provides nurses with information regarding the initial conceptualizations of ADHD and its historical underpinnings, including populations involved. The etiology of ADHD and its genetic, biological, and environmental factors are also explored and discussed.

 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1814 - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Throughout the Life Span: Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment, 3rd Edition.

Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet, and Thrombolytic Therapies: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing

Price: $32.95 Hours:10 Contact Hours
Item # N1752  

Release Date: December 27, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. Despite a decline in the death rate in 2013, nearly 1 in 3 deaths were attributed to CVD. Anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and thrombolytic medications are commonly utilized 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.  

Evidence-based nursing practice requires that nurses have the necessary knowledge base to assure competent and safe nursing care. The Joint Commission (2012) addresses the issue of patient safety within the context of anticoagulation therapy in National Patient Safety Goal 03.05.01, which advises healthcare providers to “reduce the likelihood of patient harm associated with the use of anticoagulant therapy.”

This course provides information on oral anticoagulants, with an emphasis on the novel oral anticoagulants, parenteral anticoagulants, antiplatelets, and thrombolytics. Their indications for treatment of cardiovascular disorders including atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, acute coronary syndrome, heparin induced thrombocytopenia, acute ischemic stroke, acute myocardial infarctions and acute pulmonary embolism is review. In addition, monitoring guidelines and patient counseling is discussed.  The need for healthcare providers to understand the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutic considerations is imperative to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

 

This course should not be taken in conjunction with N1712 - Parenteral Anticoagulants: Implications for Patient Management, N1718 - Oral Anticoagulant Therapy: Implications for Patient Management, N1743 - Antiplatelet Therapy: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing, or N1749 - Thrombolytic Therapy: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Kentucky APRNs - fulfills pharmacology requirement

Antidepressants, 2nd Edition

Price: $21.95 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.

 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with,N1751, Nursing Psychopharmacology (10 Contact Hours)

Antiplatelet Therapy: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing

Price: $21.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1743  

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Antiplatelet medications are a commonly used class of medications in the U.S. for the prevention and/or treatment of many cardiovascular disorders. The drugs are used alone or in combination to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Prescribers must utilize fundamental knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutic considerations of antiplatelet medications to ensure (a) the identification of appropriate patients for this therapy, (b) the selection of the best agent to prescribe, and (c) the initiation of proper patient monitoring of this therapy.

This course is designed for nurse practitioners who prescribe and provide care to patients taking antiplatelet medications. The purpose of this course is to increase clinicians’ knowledge of antiplatelet medications to identify the best choices for the safe use of these medications.

 

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1752 - Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet, and Thrombolytic Therapies: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Anxiolytics and Traditional Mood Stabilizers

Price: $26.95 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.


This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1751, Nursing Psychopharmacology (10 Contact Hours)

Approaches to Geriatric Pharmacology

Price: $21.95 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 and Venous Insufficiency Ulcers

Price: $21.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1805  

Release Date: April 24, 2017

Expiration Date: January 31, 2020

There are two primary types of vascular ulcers: those related to the arterial system, or arterial insufficiency (AI), and those related to the venous system, or venous insufficiency. The two types involve different pathological processes that can lead to chronic wounds.

Skin ulcerations can occur spontaneously; however, most result from a minor traumatic event leading to a chronic wound with full-thickness tissue damage. AI, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and arterial disease are the terms used to represent the disease process causing the chronic wounds or ulcers of lower extremity arterial ulcers.

Chronic venous insufficiency encompasses a variety of anomalies in the venous vascular system of the lower leg. These deviations from normal can range from asymptomatic telangiectasis (spider veins) and varicose veins to more complex conditions involving venous insufficiency ulceration and, in some cases, mixed arterial and venous disease.

The nurse’s understanding and use of  accurate terminology is an important part of describing and documenting lower extremity ulcers. Using correct terminology provides important information when formulating an appropriate plan of care, and for billing and coding purposes to ensure reimbursement for care  and services is provided.  

Quality of life is negatively affected for individuals suffering from long-term CVI and ulceration, causing loss of workdays, pain, mobility issues, and body image concerns. Nurses are able to make a positive impact for this patient population through evidence-based care. This course will provide the nurse with information related to the underlying pathophysiology, nursing assessment and care, surgical interventions including debridement, and key education points in caring for the person with arterial, venous, and mixed etiology ulcers.

 
This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1737 - Wound Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Nurses.

Best Practices with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth and Their Families, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $16.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1632  

Expiration Date: May 31, 2018

This course provides current information on issues and dynamics that affect LGB youth and their families and discusses best practices for working with this population. The course begins by defining various terms and acronyms commonly used when discussing LGB issues and follows with a discussion of LGB youth development, including understanding youth sexual orientation and the origins of sexual orientation. The role of cultural diversity in identity development is discussed, along with models of LGB identity development. 

The course then details four major areas that affect LGB youth in their development as adolescents: coming out, violence and bullying, mental and physical health, and child welfare. Because issues facing any adolescent are also family issues, particular focus is paid to interventions from a family systems perspective. The course describes three current models of family therapy: structural family therapy, solution-focused family therapy, and narrative family therapy. For each model, the course covers the theory of the model and the intervention skills involved. Each of the models is applied to practice using a series of case scenarios involving a family with an adolescent lesbian daughter.

Participants will learn about other modalities useful in work with LGB youth and their families, such as crisis intervention, individual therapy, and group work. The target audience for this course is behavioral health and healthcare professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and mental health nurses; however, other professionals who interact with LGB youth will find this course useful.

Bioterrorism & the Nurse's Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2nd Edition

Price: $26.95 Hours:5 Contact Hours
Item # N1709  

Release Date: June 30, 2016

Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

Terrorism has defined itself in today’s culture as not just an emerging trend splintered from isolated distant countries, but as an ever-present domestic possibility. The proliferation of terrorism on U.S. soil has placed nurses of all disciplines, from the emergency department and public health to intensive care units, on the front lines of detection and treatment. The rate at which terrorist organizations create, augment, and adapt current weaponry (biological, chemical, nuclear, radiological and improvised ballistic munitions) quickly creates in clinicians a knowledge void on what to look for to detect, contain, and treat victims of terrorist acts. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), registered nurses (RNs), and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) can benefit from knowing how to identify current tactics, as well as how to respond to incidents related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and terrorism. Nurses who are aware of public health preparedness guidelines can be instrumental in decreasing the casualties resulting from a WMD event.

Chemical, biological, radiological,and nuclear WMDs are a constant threat to our country. Currently, most nurses are unprepared to recognize and care for victims of terrorism because of a lack knowledge and experience in this area. The purpose of this course is to help nurses develop the knowledge and skills needed to respond in the event of a terrorist attack. After this course, the nurse will understand the significance of an established command structure, the importance of detection, surveillance and identification of a threat, the triage process, the need for personal protection and containment, and the importance of crowd control. These are necessary components of an effective operational response to events both natural and as a result of terrorist actions. An overview of the federal disaster assistance available and access to the information provided by the Health Alert Network will arm the nurse with important information and resources to help during an initial response phase to a terrorist event, as well as in providing aftercare.

Nevada NursesThis course fulfills your one-time Bioterrorism requirement.

Bioterrorism: The Biology of Threats and Health Impacts

Price: $26.95 Hours:5 Contact Hours
Item # N1702  

Release Date: April 25, 2016

Expiration Date: April 30, 2019

The potential for infectious diseases to spread within dense human populations and become epidemics of major impact has made diseases such as typhus fever, plague, influenza, and dysentery and their causative agents attractive to nations for use as battlefield weapons. In the event of a bioterrorist attack, the scope and impact of an epidemic would depend on a number of factors, including the characteristics of the biological disease agent, the design of the delivery system used for its release and dispersal, the environment into which the attacker released the disease agent, and the speed and effectiveness of the public health and medical response. If a biological agent were released and spread within a population and resulted in the infection of a large number of persons, or if the agent were contagious and person-to-person spread could not be controlled, the result conceivably could be a catastrophic epidemic.

This course focuses on the properties of the most likely biological agents and the associated diseases that could be involved in terrorist acts. A foundational understanding of bacterial, viral, and biological toxins, as well as the principles of disease epidemiology, is necessary to understand the biological agents that are considered our most significant threats. In addition to a review of the characteristics of bacteria and viruses, an in-depth analysis of Category A biological weapons is provided, including their history and significance, biological characteristics, means of transmission, clinical features and presentation, criteria for diagnosis, medical management, and options for prophylaxis. This course is organized to prepare nurses and members of the extended healthcare teams, including public health and law enforcement providers, to recognize and respond to biological terrorism-associated incidents.

Nevada NursesSee N1709 Bioterrorism & the Nurse's Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2nd Ed.for the Bioterrorism course that fulfills your one-time requirement.

 

Bipolar and Related Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Strategies, 2nd Edition

Price: $21.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1817  

Release Date: October 10, 2017

Expiration Date: October 31, 2020

 

This course will provide nurses with information to assist in their understanding of bipolar and related disorders, risks and prevention measures, identification, assessment, and management across the course of the illness. Nurses with a focus on prevention and holistic care will gain knowledge and tools to better identify the complex factors that affect these clients, including assessment of the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, understanding of associated risks and appropriate treatments, strategies for crisis management and recovery, and relapse-prevention and symptom-management strategies for long-term stabilization. Nurses are tasked with collaborating with other health professionals and making appropriate referrals in order to provide a continuum of care that helps patients gain stability; as such, resources and appropriate supports are presented. Nurses work with individual clients and the support systems affected by the symptoms of these disorders. Recognition of necessary and appropriate supports for individuals and families is essential to promoting recovery. Written for nurses, this basic-level course presents essential information about bipolar and related disorders, including epidemiology, signs and symptoms, causal and associated risk factors, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation, symptom management, relapse prevention, and outcomes evaluation. 

 

This course has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 6 clock hours.

Breast Cancer in Women: An Overview

Price: $21.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # N1937  

Release Date: October 11, 2017

Expiration Date: August 31, 2020

Women understandably fear breast cancer. Breast cancer can also occur in men, although the diagnosis is most frequently associated with women. Most people know someone who has been affected by a diagnosis of breast cancer. Great strides have been made in the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. An individualized approach to care that targets cell type, an individual’s profile/risk, genetic components, and the stage at diagnosis can result in different therapy options among patients.

Nurses play a key role informing patients on the advances, the importance of individualizing the approach to therapy, and offering support during each phase of the cancer diagnosis and care. With early detection and effective treatment, women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer can realistically expect to survive and live happy, productive lives. This course provides nurses with essential information about the epidemiology, risk factors, prevention and detection strategies, staging, and treatments for breast cancer in women.

 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1755 - Cancer in Women, 3rd Edition.

Burn and Cold Trauma

Price: $10.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # N1656  

Available as an AUDIO BOOK

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

Expiration Date: September 30, 2018

Burn and cold injuries typically involve much more damage than just injury to the skin. Burn injuries often affect structures below the skin, including muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels. When caring for a burn patient, the nurse should always think beyond the external burn to the physiologic changes occurring internally as a result of the burn.  Once the patient's airway, breathing, and circulation have been stabilized, the nurse's focus can move to assessing the burn injury and measuring the extent of damage.

This course provides the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system as a basis for the nurses' assessment and planned nursing interventions. The nurse will be able to estimate the extent and severity of the burn and cold injury and then plan for nursing interventions based on the assessment findings.

Nurses practicing in emergency departments, intensive care units, trauma units and burn units will find this course comprehensive on managing the burn injured patient in their initial care.  Nurses practicing in home health and medical/surgical as well as rehabilitation units will find this course provides an explanation and knowledge of initial treatment of the burn patient and the resulting continued nursing care.

Orthopedic Nurses – ONCB has approved this course for 1 Category B contact hour toward recertification.


This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1662 Essentials of Trauma Nursing (30 contact hours) or N1677 Special Considerations in Trauma Nursing (13 contact hours). 

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