Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 30 Contact Hours (5.4 Pharm Hours)
Item#: NGTCA OX 30

30-Hour California Nursing Value Pack 2018


Reg. Prices $101.90
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  • Contact hours will be awarded until this pack’s expiration date of 12/31/19.
  • You must read and study the course, answer all course evaluation questions and attest to having personally completed the course to earn contact hours and receive certificates of completion.

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Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease: Biological Processes and Behavioral Management

Price: $26.95 
Item # N1852  

Release Date: October 10, 2017

Expiration Date: September 30, 2020

This course provides an overview of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the biological processes related to AD, the criteria for its diagnosis, and key approaches which nurses can adopt in order to better understand, prevent, and effectively respond to the challenging behaviors demonstrated by patients who experience dementia, and specifically AD.

The role of the registered nurse and the advanced practice nurse in the care of persons with dementia is incorporated throughout the course. In addition to providing information that brings new knowledge to both the experienced and less experienced nurse, the course reinforces key concepts of how to care for the person with AD and other dementias. This knowledge, in turn, will ensure that the care delivered to this group of society’s vulnerable older adults is evidence-based, patient-centered, and individually tailored to meet their changing needs, while optimizing care, maintaining quality of life, and when possible improving health outcomes.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Differentiate Alzheimer’s disease from other types of cognitive impairments.
  • Describe the biological processes involved in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Explain how Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed and the impact nurses can have on patient and family outcomes.
  • Discuss common principles and models for understanding, preventing, and responding to the challenging behaviors of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Author Bio(s)

Jacqueline Close, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA, received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Corpus Christi State University, a master of science in nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University, and a doctor of philosophy in nursing from the University of San Diego. Her dissertation research examined the documentation of a systematic assessment for delirium in hospitalized older adult patients who had been medicated with select antipsychotic medications. Currently a clinical associate professor in the Master’s Entry Program in nursing and the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at the University of San Diego, Dr. Close has been a practicing nurse for over 30 years. A board-certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist since 2008, her experience spans a number of nursing practice areas, including medical, surgical, orthopedic, critical care, gastroenterology, psychiatry, and gerontology. Areas of professional interest include delirium, dementia, palliative, fall prevention, and end-of-life care.

Dr. Close serves on the board and is very active in the National Gerontological Nursing Association and served as a member of the American Nurses Association Gerontological Nursing Scope & Standards of Practice revision and update in 2010. She is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, the California Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Mu at-Large Chapter, the American Nurses Association, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA, FAAN, received her diploma in nursing from Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing, a bachelor of science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, and master of nursing and doctor of nursing science degrees from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Currently a professor in the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Southern University and A&M College, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. Spurlock teaches across the graduate and doctoral programs in nursing. She is recognized nationally as an expert in the care of older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. In addition to holding board certifications in psychiatric, mental health, and gerontological nursing, she is also a National League of Nurses-certified academic nurse educator. Her experiences in dementia care range from direct nursing care and executive-level nursing positions in acute psychiatric facilities to management of a restraint-free geriatric behavioral center, located within an acute care, regional medical facility. As a member of the Louisiana Dementia Partnership, Dr. Spurlock has played an active role in the reduction in use of antipsychotic medications in dementia residents in nursing homes across the state. Recognized by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as a Certified Dementia Care Partner, in addition to many of her accomplishments, Dr. Spurlock has an extensive history of volunteerism with organizations serving the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

Diabetes in Children, 3rd Edition

Price: $74.95 
Item # N1887  

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Diabetes mellitus is a complex, chronic metabolic disease that is becoming increasingly common. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing in incidence in pediatric populations. There are excellent guidelines for the care of children with type 1 diabetes, but few research-based guidelines exist that are specific to the care of children with type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, few interventions for type 2 diabetes in youth have been successful, making prevention of obesity by lifestyle interventions even more crucial.

The purpose of this course is to assist nurses in a variety of settings to understand the complex metabolic, developmental, emotional, and social implications for a child with diabetes and the family. Understanding the unique considerations for this population will assist the nurse to provide supportive and flexible care. Nurses in schools, clinics, primary care offices, and hospitals need to be knowledgeable caregivers and educators for these families to enhance diabetes care and provide much needed emotional support. The ongoing epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes in youth affords an opportunity for nurses to be involved in community-wide efforts to influence risk factors, promote lifestyle changes, and potentially prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes.

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Explain the pathophysiology of diabetes in children.
  • Summarize best practices for providing support to families with a child who has diabetes.
  • Review principles of teaching, learning, and behavioral change, including the application of cultural considerations, to help children with management of their diabetes.
  • Discuss current medications that are used to manage diabetes in children, including their mechanisms of action and indications and guidelines for use.
  • Describe strategies for helping children with diabetes achieve the goals of medical nutrition therapy.
  • Describe blood glucose monitoring strategies for children and teens to help them achieve their glycemic targets.
  • Review the physiologic effects and health benefits of exercise in children and teens with diabetes.
  • Identify strategies for children with type 1 and 2 diabetes and their families to prevent and manage the major complications associated with diabetes.
  • Describe the principles of insulin pump therapy for children with diabetes.
  • Describe medical and legal guidelines involved in caring for children with diabetes in school and daycare settings.
  • Describe strategies to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in the pediatric population.
  • Describe treatment modalities for children with diabetes, including their possible risks and benefits.
Author Bio(s)

Cindy K. Lybarger, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE, has been a pediatric nurse for more than 30 years. She began her nursing career in pediatric critical care and has worked as a staff nurse, nurse educator, and clinical nurse specialist; she is a certified family nurse practitioner and diabetes educator currently working full-time in pediatric diabetes education and management. Ms. Lybarger is also the coordinator for the American Diabetes Association‒recognized diabetes education program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and actively precepts nurse practitioner students. She has also served as a diabetes camp nurse for several years and is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the American Diabetes Association.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Carie A. Braun, PhD, RN, has been a pediatric nurse for 20 years. She began her career in public health nursing and practiced as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Braun is currently a professor of nursing at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University where she teaches pediatrics, public health nursing, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. She has published in the areas of pathophysiology, pediatric nursing, and alternative therapies.