Disorders of the Gastrointestinal System, 2nd Edition


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About the Course 
Diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal system affect millions of individuals each year. This course reviews many of the more common problems as well as presents patient assessment needs, current treatments, and best practices for nursing care.

Learning Outcomes 
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Examine the anatomy of the gastrointestinal system.
  • Compare selected diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Examine the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Interpret signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal disease processes.
  • Differentiate appropriate nursing interventions and treatments for selected gastrointestinal diseases.

About the Author 
Stephani Hunt, MSN, RN, WCC, OMS, ONC, CFCN, received her master’s in nursing from Framingham State University and her baccalaureate in nursing degree from Northeastern University, Boston. She is wound care certified, an ostomy management specialist, a certified foot care nurse, and a certified orthopedic nurse. Ms. Hunt has worked as a medical-surgical clinical nurse educator and inpatient wound and ostomy specialist. She is currently working as a general and colorectal surgery nurse in Manchester, New Hampshire. In this role, she performs wound and ostomy care, patient and staff education, consultation, and triage. She is also assisting in creating a new wound and ostomy clinic and ostomy support group to serve the local population.

About the Content Reviewer 
Wendy Dusenbury, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC, FAHA, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a master of science in nursing (family nurse practitioner) from Wichita State University, a postmaster’s certificate as an acute care nurse practitioner from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, doctor of nursing practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and doctor of philosophy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In addition, Wendy completed a postgraduate neurovascular advanced practice fellowship program in 2013 from Arizona State University through the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She has a wide range of clinical experience as a nurse practitioner, including primary care, pediatrics, neurosurgery, neuro intensive care unit (ICU), stroke program management, and acute stroke service in both inpatient and the mobile stroke unit.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 8-hour commitment of time
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.?

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