Nursing: Fibromyalgia in Women, 2nd Edition

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About Course #N1795

Release Date: August 25, 2017

Expiration Date: August 31, 2020

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, noninflammatory condition that is characterized by localized, widespread pain and tenderness in specific regions of the body, nonrestorative sleep, fatigue, and psychological distress without evidence of a specific disease. Women are seven to eight times more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men, and the risk of developing fibromyalgia increases with age. There is ongoing controversy over the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of fibromyalgia. Nevertheless, despite the difficulty in diagnosis, fibromyalgia has distinct, recognizable symptoms that are real and can be managed. Patients with fibromyalgia need reassurance that they are taken seriously, and they need to be educated about both the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments available for their condition.

The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with evidence-based information on fibromyalgia. This course will cover the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations of fibromyalgia and diagnostic studies, nursing diagnoses, interventions, and interprofessional care options that can be used for women with fibromyalgia. After completing this course, nurses will be further educated on how to provide compassionate care and validate the experiences the woman with fibromyalgia is having in both the inpatient and outpatient areas

About the Author(s)

Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM, has more than 30 years of nursing experience caring for women of all ages and sociodemographic 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 interprofessional 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.

Course 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.
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