As health care becomes more complex, it is essential that the theoretical concepts of the basis of illness (pathophysiology) be well understood. The purpose of this course is to reinforce the scientific rationales for the interventions nurses perform and the decisions nurses make as patients move through the ever-changing struggle with their renal illness. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Identify the key structures in the renal system.
2. Describe the functions of the renal system.
3. Evaluate the impact of renal function on blood pressure.
4. Discuss the pathophysiologic and environmental influences and effects on the renal system.
5. Outline the role of subjective data in completing a full nursing assessment of the renal system.
6. Describe objective data compiled during a nursing assessment of the renal system.
7. Identify imaging and biopsy studies used in the identification and classification of renal diseases.
8. Outline the nursing diagnoses, planning, and management of conditions related to renal dysfunction.
9. Evaluate the presentation and management of chronic and acute kidney disease and neurogenic bladder.
10. Discuss clinical manifestations of infectious diseases of the renal system.
11. Review signs and symptoms of renal neoplasms and related nursing actions.
12. Review the clinical presentation and management of nephrolithiasis and urolithiasis.
13. Describe the common causes, appearances, and treatment of traumatic disorders of the renal system.
14. Describe key concepts related to caring for patients who receive dialysis.
15. Analyze the process of renal transplantation and nursing management of transplant recipients.
16. Outline key considerations for patients with renal dysfunction at the end of life.
This 15-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.