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Comorbidities in Complex Patients: Endocrine

presented by Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, CRRN

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Financial: Cheryl Lehman receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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This course gives students an overview of medical co-morbidities that can be found in the post-acute care setting, focusing on changes in the endocrine system. With patient acuity changing in this setting, patients with the potential for multiple medical co-morbidities are more likely to be admitted. Examples of medical co-morbidities associated with hypothyroidism and endocrine dysfunction will be shared, along with clinical pearls on focusing assessment and interventions on managing the complex patient. This course is appropriate for licensed nurses working in any setting, but particularly targets those in rehabilitation, long term care and home health.

This course is a part of a series discussing Comorbidities in Complex Patients, including the following topics:
Cardiac and Vascular | Pulmonary | Renal | Neurologic | Endocrine | Digestive | Hematologic

Meet Your Instructor

Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, CRRN

Dr. Cheryl Lehman has been a registered nurse since graduating from the Decatur Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1978. Since that time, she earned a BSN from Maryville University-St. Louis in 1990; an MSN in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in the Clinical Nurse Specialist role…

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1. The Endocrine System

Post-acute care nurses should be knowledgeable about the types of endocrine conditions that are diagnosed in patients admitted to their setting. Endocrine conditions that are seen in post-acute care have the potential to lead to patient complications such as fluid imbalances or acid-base disturbances. This chapter reviews a variety of endocrine conditions that are often seen in the patient population in the post-acute setting, also addressing key features of assessment and intervention.

2. Hypothyroidism

This chapter discusses hypothyroidism and associated complications, and details the responsibilities of the post-acute care nurse in managing these complications.

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