About Course #N1720
Release Date: November 17, 2016
Expiration Date: November 30, 2019
25 Contact hours | 3.9 Pharmacology hours Orthopedic nurses must recognize and implement evidence-based practices that promote patient safety initiatives and early recognition of changes in patient condition. Additionally, orthopedic nurses must lead teams with the primary purpose of preventing patient complications. This course provides nurses with an enhanced and expanded knowledge of evidence-based orthopedic nursing care as it relates to the physiology of the musculoskeletal system, the pathophysiology of musculoskeletal conditions, and the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The course provides valuable information for nurses managing the care of patients with orthopedic conditions in a variety of settings, ranging from the emergency department to acute, in-hospital stays to rehabilitation, home health, and office follow-up. This course focuses on the nursing assessment, preventive care, and management of patients who have common musculoskeletal conditions related to trauma, infection, inflammation, degeneration, repetitive and sports-related injuries, metabolic bone disease, and neoplasms.
This course serves to increase the nurse's foundational knowledge of evidence-based information, providing resources for the nurse to access in real time, and highlighting changing requirements in the healthcare delivery system impacting orthopedic services. After completing this course, the nurse will recognize and apply evidence-based guidelines, integrate this knowledge into their practice, and implement changes into the performance of nursing assessments, care provision, care management, and patient engagement.
Orthopedic Nurses - ONCB has approved this course for 25 contact hours in Category A toward recertification.
About the Author
Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, ONP-C, RNFA, CNOR, completed a post-master's Certificate in Rural Nursing Case Management after finishing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Alabama. Dr. Smith is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with additional certifications in orthopedics and perioperative nursing. She has a background in the utilization of care coordination and patient-centered care to promote continuous quality improvement and enhance patient safety in the residential settings of rural elderly and disabled individuals. She is currently assisting with the development of a grassroots community network that will support the elderly to remain healthy, independent, and active while aging in place in their homes.
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