Abdominal Pathophysiology, Complications and Interventions

 

The abdomen is a large area of the body containing many of the vital organs. Patient complaints in this region of the body can be very vague and seemingly random. However, these vague complaints can be clues to life-threatening illnesses. This course will teach you how to safely and effectively perform a thorough abdominal assessment to determine appropriate follow-up for your client’s symptoms. In addition, you will have a brief anatomy review of the purpose and function of the abdominal organs. You will become more comfortable taking a complete patient history, which will allow you to include or dismiss many common differential diagnoses. Your learning will use a blend of didactic information, case studies, and self-evaluation to facilitate your learning experience. The target audience for this course is registered nurses and advanced practice nurses.

$19.95

Hours: 1.00
REL-CH-0-APCI

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

California Board of Registered Nursing

1.0 HOURS


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

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

District of Columbia Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


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

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

Florida Board of Nursing CE

1.0 HOURS


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

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

American Nurses Credentialing Center

1.0 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 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Georgia Board of Nursing

1.0 HOURS


Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

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

Course Details

Course Code: REL-CH-0-APCI
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Describe the steps taken to complete a thorough abdominal exam.
Describe the most common causes of abdominal pain.
Differentiate between acute and non-acute abdominal symptoms.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Basics of an Abdominal Assessment A. Sam’s Chief Complaint B. Abdominal Exam: Gathering the Supplies aAnd Taking a Good History C. Interviewing the Patient: Duration and Timing, Factors, and Location of Symptom D. Interviewing Your Patient: Associated Symptoms and Past Medical History E. Interviewing Your Patient: Medications, Contraception, and Social Habits F. Sensitive Subject Matter G. Details Matter H. Maintaining Privacy for the Patient I. Katherine’s Clinic Visit J. Section Summary Section 3: Starting your Exam: Inspection and Visualization A. Appearance of the Abdomen: Contour and Symmetry B. The Skin Surface C. Pulsations, Movement, and Distension D. Scott’s Chief Complaint E. Section Summary Section 4: Auscultation, Percussion, and Palpation A. Navigating the Abdomen B. Bowel Sounds C. Bruits, Hums, and Rubs D. Percussion: The Basics E. Normal Sounds of Percussion F. Quick Check G. The Liver H. The Spleen I. The Kidneys and the Aorta J. The Lower Abdomen K. Do I Actually Need this Skill? L. Positioning the Patient for Palpation M. Other Considerations: Lymph Nodes, Age, and Medical Conditions N. The Sounds of Joey’s Stomach O. Section Summary Section 5: Abdominal Pain, Diagnostic Testing, and the Abdominal Organs A. Abdominal Pain and Diagnostic Testing B. The Organs of the Abdomen C. Left Upper Quadrant: The Stomach and the Pancreas D. Assessing the Spleen E. Assessing the Right Upper Quadrant F. The Gallbladder G. The Liver H. Common Problems Related to the Liver I. The Lower Abdomen J. Assessing the Left Lower Quadrant of the Abdomen K. Assessing the Right Lower Quadrant of the Abdomen L. The Appendix - What is the Point? M. Common Causes of Pain in the Right Lower Quadrant of the Abdomen N. Quick Check O. Less Common Causes of Abdominal Pain P. Acute and Non-Acute Abdominal Symptoms Q. Sam’s Abdominal Pain R. Section Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations

Instructor: Melissa Davis CNM, FNP
Melissa G. Davis CNM, FNP is a family nurse practitioner and a certified nurse midwife with more than 8 years of experience. She is part of the faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and currently works at Franklin Road Women's Health Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the Vanderbilt Medical Group Walk In clinics. While most of Melissa’s work as faculty is clinical, she also precepts specialty-level MSN students for over 200 hours/year and does several course presentations each year. In addition to obstetrics, she has experience in community, employer, and correctional health.  Disclosure: Melissa Davis CNM, FNP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Terry Gregoire, RN, BSN, PHN II, NCSN
Terry Gregoire, RN, BSN, PHN II, NCSN currently works as a Public Health Nurse in the school system. Terry has three years Pediatric ICU experience and eight years hospital experience in adult and pediatric units. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses and enjoys her role as staff health educator and school nurse at Weddington Hills Elementary. Disclosure: Terry Gregoire, RN, BSN, PHN II, NCSN 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 and intermediate level Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services; and the following practice categories: General Nursing.
Relias Learning will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
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All courses offered by Relias Learning, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
Accommodations
If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support by calling (800) 381-2321 or emailing support@relias.com