About Renal Disease


Renal disease is the failure of the kidneys to perform their normal function. There are three renal disease categories: acute renal failure (ARF), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The resident’s history, physical examination, signs and symptoms, and test results will allow the physician to differentiate acute from chronic kidney disease. As a healthcare provider, you have a duty to know the signs and symptoms of renal disease, to assess it quickly, and to act appropriately to ensure the resident’s best outcome. You also play a significant role in renal disease education and prevention.


Hours: 1.00 - 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

California Board of Registered Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing


DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290).

Nurses will receive 1.20 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Nursing CE


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

American Nurses Credentialing Center

1.25 HOURS

Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

Georgia Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-ARD
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2019
Learning Objectives:
Describe renal system anatomy and physiology
Describe the pathophysiology of the three categories of renal disease
Identify the systemic manifestations of each category of renal disease
Describe the methods for assessing the renal system, including physical assessment, interpretation of blood and urine laboratory values, and radiologic diagnostic tests
Discuss the medical management for a resident with renal disease
Discuss the nurses role in assessing and educating the resident with renal disease

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Scope A. Forms of Renal Disease B. Renal Disease Facts C. Review D. Summary Section 3: Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology of Renal Disease A. About the Renal System B. Body Balance and Chemical Regulation C. Review D. Summary Section 4: Categories of Renal Disease A. Acute Renal Failure B. Chronic Kidney Disease C. End-Stage Renal Disease D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Causes of Renal Disease A. Diabetes B. Hypertension C. Polycystic Kidney Disease D. Glomerulonephritis E. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus F. Chronic Pyelonephritis, or Kidney Infection G. Kidney Stones H. Review I. Summary Section 6: Acute Renal Failure A. Etiology of Acute Renal Failure B. Description of Signs and Symptoms C. Diagnosis D. Treatment E. Review F. Summary Section 7: Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Renal Disease A. Chronic Kidney Disease B. Etiology of CKD C. Symptoms of CKD D. Diagnosis of CKD E. Management of CKD F. Education for CKD G. Diabetes H. Increased Risk Stage I. End-Stage Renal Disease J. Signs and Symptoms K. Diagnosis and Treatment L. Prognosis M. Review N. Summary Section 8: Treatment of Renal Disease A. Peritoneal Dialysis B. Continuous Ambulatory PD C. Continuous Cycler-Assisted PD D. Hemodialysis E. Access Challenges F. Kidney Transplants G. Simultaneous Kidney-Pancreas Transplant H. Review I. Summary Section 9: Medications A. Blood Pressure Medication B. Blood Sugar Medication C. Anticoagulants D. Calcitonin and Carnitine E. Chemotherapy Medication F. Cholesterol Medication G. Cinacalcet H. Diuretics I. Erythropoietin-Stimulating Agents J. Immunosuppressants K. Insulin L. Iron M. Pain Medication N. Phosphate Binders O. Renal Vitamins and/or Vitamin D P. Other Medications Q. Review R. Summary Section 10: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. References D. Congratulations

Expert Reviewer: Debi Damas, RN
Debi Damas is a registered nurse in the state of Ohio. As Group Product Manager for Acute Care courses at Relias Learning, Ms. Damas works with accreditations experts to ensure that Relias courses accurately reflect regulations and standards of practice, set the direction of new content, and ensure that existing courses are maintained on an ongoing basis. She has worked in the acute setting in the Coronary Care Unit, Med-Surg and Post-Partum/Newborn Nursery. She also has extensive experience in the post-acute care space for over 18 years, holding positions as Nursing Assistant, Charge Nurse, MDS Nurse, Restorative Nurse, Director of Nursing, Regional Nurse, and Corporate Nurse. She has extensive experience working with the regulations in healthcare settings. She has a certificate in legal nurse consulting. Disclosure: Debi Damas, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Sandra S. Lentz, RN
Ms. Lentz has 25 years of experience in the home health and hospice industry in operations and consulting roles. She has been responsible for accreditation, regulatory compliance, performance improvement, disease management, clinical benchmarking, and service utilization for home health, hospice, and durable medical equipment organizations. She has also served as Director of Regulatory Services for the Association for Home Hospice Care of North Carolina. Disclosure: Sandra S. Lentz, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Kathleen E. Rodas, MS, RD, LD
Ms. Rodas has a BS in Dietetics and Food Science and an MS in Nutritional Science with an Option in Nutrition Education. Over the past 11 years she has worked as a clinical dietitian in hospital, home health, long term care, and dialysis settings. She has also worked as a nutrition instructor teaching basic nutrition. Disclosure: Kathleen E. Rodas, MS, RD, LD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Nurses; in the following settings: Home Health, Long-term Care, Post-Acute Care, Residential Care; and the following practice categories: Assisted Living, General Nursing, Home Health, Long-Term Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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