Identifying Common Rashes in Urgent Care: A Case Study Approach for APRNs


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About the Course

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) and emergency nurse practitioners (ENPs) care for patients with many ailments in the emergency department (ED). Some patients with low acute conditions make many ED visits, which contributes to service overcrowding and a large number of visits classified by providers as inappropriate (Pacheco et al., 2019). Dermatological complaints constitute 5%–8% of all emergency department (ED) visits (Kilic et al., 2019). Knowing common dermatologic presentations may help providers educate patients about the proper care for skin conditions and potentially impact ED utilization. The purpose of this course is to characterize the most common dermatologic diagnoses in the urgent care setting. The goal is to build provider confidence in assessing, diagnosing, and treating rashes in the urgent care setting.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe assessment techniques for diagnosing patients with integument problems.
  • Develop a list of differential diagnoses based on presenting symptoms of patients with dermatologic problems.
  • Accurately diagnose integument problems based on clinical presentation.
  • Determine special needs and considerations related to children and older adults with integument disorders.
  • Differentiate between different types of skin lesions.

About the Author

Humberto Reinoso, Ph.D, FNP-BC, ENP-BC, serves as assistant professor and nurse practitioner coordinator at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University. Dr. Reinoso’s clinical responsibilities have progressively evolved as his role in healthcare changed during the past 16 years of clinical practice. Initially, as a registered nurse (RN), he focused on providing the best care possible for patients at the bedside of a busy emergency department (ED) in a teaching hospital in south Florida. As an emergency nurse practitioner (NP), his focus shifted to coordinating and improving patient care in the ED through prescribed interventions and advanced care. Having expanded his role and practice as a dual-certified advanced practice provider, he was granted a greater understanding of how nursing and medicine intertwine. As an experienced family nurse practitioner (FNP) and emergency nurse practitioner (ENP), he oversees a full range of nursing care for emergency department patients.

Dr. Reinoso received his PhD from Barry University in Miami, Florida. He incorporates current guidelines and real-world scenarios for innovative pedagogical content delivery methods. His passion for nursing education has evolved as healthcare demands on the practitioner, patient, and community have become more complex. Preparing nurses to sharpen their skills and perform at the level of advanced practice providers has become his passion. His pedagogical approach focuses on bridging clinical practice with theoretical/didactic content. As an assistant professor and the nurse practitioner coordinator at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University, he can combine his passion for clinical practice and the education of future advanced practice professionals.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print, which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75% is required). Test questions link content to learning outcomes 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.

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