Nursing: Pharmacological Management of Chronic Kidney Disease

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About this Course

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often used as a broad term to describe many levels of decreased kidney function, from mildly decreased renal output to severe kidney failure. About 15% of the general population in the United States is affected by CKD. People with chronic kidney disease are also at a higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease, which occurs in nearly 70% of CKD patients aged over 65 years. It is imperative that nurses acquire the knowledge necessary to provide the best possible nursing care for patients with, or at-risk for, CKD. This course provides information about normal kidney function, the impact of CKD on kidney function, complications associated with CKD, and the medications used to treat CKD.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Compare normal kidney function and kidney function affected by chronic kidney disease.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the definition of chronic kidney disease and causes of this disease state.
  • Interpret the complications associated with chronic kidney disease and their management.
  • Analyze the treatment of common complications of chronic kidney disease.

About the Author:
Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh

Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh, is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Vancouver, Washington, serving long-term care facilities in the area. Dr. Blair also has over 6 years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2009 with a doctor of pharmacy degree. Her writing projects include creating and revising continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.

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