Nursing: Transition to Menopause, 2nd Edition

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About the Course

This course provides nurses caring for women in a variety of healthcare settings - acute care facilities, private practices, public settings, home health environments, and community outreach programs - with information to help them take an individual approach to assisting women who are progressing through menopause.  The course discusses nursing care based on the most up-to-date standards and guidelines in order to help women make lifestyle choices.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe menopause and the developmental and physical changes that women undergo at the time of menopause.
  • Discuss the normal menstrual cycle, hormonal considerations, the effects of aging on the menstrual cycle, and the significance of abnormal uterine bleeding.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of menopause and the underlying physiology associated with the menopausal transition.
  • Identify the major components of a nursing assessment appropriate for, and specific to, women who are going through the menopausal transition.
  • Recognize the benefit of various types of hormone and alternative therapies available to women in the menopausal transition.
  • Discuss menopause and obesity, the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise, the importance of preventing osteoporosis, and therapies for optimal bone health.
  • Describe breast diseases affecting women in midlife and factors that influence them.
  • Describe pathophysiological changes occuring in the cardiovascular system during the menopausal transition and the strategies available to women to prevent cardiovascular disease.
  • Discuss thyroid disease and diabetes, as well as the health risks associated with these diseases.
  • Describe the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gynecologic cancers affecting women in midlife.
  • Describe female sexuality and the management of alterations in mood throughout menopause.
  • Describe potential health difficulties as well as prevention and screening tests for women at midlife and beyond. 

About the Author:
Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM

Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM, has more than 30 years of nursing experience caring for women of all ages and socio-demographic backgrounds. Dr. Stiffler is an associate professor at Indiana University School of Nursing and has served the Indiana University School of Nursing in various capacities since 2000. In addition to serving as a nurse educator, Dr. Stiffler has contributed to the women’s health profession by using an inter-professional approach to her practice as a certified nurse-midwife, integrating social work, pharmacy, radiology, physical therapy, genetic counseling, and much more into the clinical setting. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Stiffler has authored many research publications on women’s health issues.

Disclaimer: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC.

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