Nursing: Nursing Management of Sleep Disorders

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About the Course

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a third of all adult Americans report some issue with sleep, thus the number of adults who are affected by sleep disorders in the United States is a significant portion of the population (CDC, 2020). Sleep apnea and other sleep issues can lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD), obesity, and other problems. Untreated or poorly treated sleep disorders can exacerbate chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension (ASAA, 2020). This course provides a basic understanding of the assessment of sleep disorders, presenting the pathophysiology of common sleep disorders and how to recognize, diagnosis, and treat these disorders found in adults.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss each stage and purpose of sleep along with some common physiological concerns related to poor sleep.
  • Recognize the signs, symptoms, and causes of sleep apnea.
  • Describe the process of diagnosing and the diagnostic criteria of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Discuss the treatment for OSA.
  • Describe the management and treatment of other common sleep disorders.

About the Author:
Margaret-Ann Carno, PhD, MBA, MJ, CPNP, D, ABSM, FAAN

Dr. Carno is one of only a hand full of nurse practitioners who have obtained the title of Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. She has lectured a number of times to different groups, both professional and lay, related to sleep and sleep disorders, sleep and health, and treatment for sleep disorders.  She has also brought sleep education to students at the institution where she works. Dr. Carno has presented her research on sleep in children regionally, nationally, and internationally. Currently she practices at a local pediatric sleep medicine center. 

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