Nursing: Common Outdoor-Related Issues

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About the Course
Every season of the year has its gifts and challenges. A winter snowfall looks beautiful but is accompanied by the risk of frostbite or heart attack while one is shoveling snow. The summer sun is wonderful but associated with an increased risk of skin malignancies. This course focuses on helping nurses expand their knowledge and improve patient care for those persons dealing with season-related disorders, outdoor disorders, and injuries.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe preventive health initiatives for individuals who exercise outdoors year-round.
  • Explain how to survive dangerous conditions that can occur during winter storms.
  • Describe the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Discuss treatment initiatives for frostbite.
  • Recognize the clinical effects of hypothermia.
  • Explain treatment initiatives for seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
  • Paraphrase treatment measures for allergic rhinitis.
  • Differentiate among the different types of reactions to insect bites and stings.
  • Describe first aid initiatives for animal bites. 
  • Assess patients for concussion. 
  • Initiate first aid for lacerations and puncture wounds.
  • Explain treatment initiatives for near-drowning victims. 
  • Differentiate among the categories of heat-related illnesses. 
  • Identify the characteristics of Lyme disease.
  • Describe the clinical effects of common poisonous plants. 
  • Explain treatment measures for poisonous snakebites.
  • Initiate immediate first aid for patients with suspected spinal cord injury.
  • Differentiate between sprains and strains. 
  • Describe the risk factors for sunburn.
  • Explain the clinical manifestations of West Nile virus infection.

About the Author: 
Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and health care author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MSN from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings with emphasis on neurological and mental health nursing, as well as a number of leadership roles in nursing professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for health care professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Her publications include: The Path to Stress-Free Nursing Professional Development: 50 No-Nonsense Solutions to Everyday Challenges and Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education.

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