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Patrice Leonard

BA, BSN, RN, CDE

Mrs. Leonard is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator with over 24 years of combined inpatient/outpatient/community experience with La Porte Hospital (formerly Indiana University La Porte Hospital). She has held the position of program coordinator of diabetes and nutrition services teaching diabetes self-management education, in both individual and group settings, until her retirement in November of 2017. Patty has developed support groups, coordinated speakers, facilitated health fairs, screenings, and expanded services to a Starke County, IN. She also held her primary position as floor nurse on telemetry, medical/surgical unit, and rotated to other units as well from 2006-2012. She participated in several committees, acted as charge nurse and schedule coordinator. Prior to 2006, she held the position as program facilitator in an inpatient mental health unit treating adolescents through geriatrics primarily for depression, substance abuse, bipolar, schizophrenia, and dementia. Patty has developed and led several groups on multiple mental health illness, support groups, coping skills, and co-facilitated therapeutic patient/family meetings. Throughout her career, she has served as a preceptor and mentor in all roles to undergraduate nurses. She has created and presented several educational presentations related to diabetes and its comorbidities, such as chronic and end-stage kidney disease (CKD and ESRD), along with monthly radio education shows to increase community education.

Her passion and emphasis on kidney disease, specifically polycystic kidney disease (PKD), arose from her family history of PKD and her own renal transplant. During her time with diabetes education she realized how many clients had little knowledge, if any, regarding their kidneys health or awareness of chronic and end-stage renal disease.

Mrs. Leonard is a recipient of a critical occupational scholarship for nursing, served on the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, and has volunteered for polycystic kidney disease fundraisers as well as The Slam Dunk program for diabetic children. She is currently a member of the American Diabetes Association, America Association of Diabetes Educators, and continues to serve on the Northwest Indiana Association of Diabetes Educators (NIADE).

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Chronic & End-Stage Renal Disease Part 1: Overview for Nurses

Presented by Patrice Leonard, BA, BSN, RN, CDE

Chronic & End-Stage Renal Disease Part 1: Overview for Nurses

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This course provides nurses with an overview of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) from onset to end-stage. Prevalence, risk factors, major causes, and stages of CKD and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) will be presented. Review of renal anatomy and glomerular filtration rate will also be covered. This course is appropriate for nurses working in any setting, but particularly targets acute care, long-term care, home health care, and inpatient rehabilitation.

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Chronic & End-Stage Renal Disease Part 2: Management & Interventions

Presented by Patrice Leonard, BA, BSN, RN, CDE

Chronic & End-Stage Renal Disease Part 2: Management & Interventions

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This course provides nurses with an understanding of treatment options for chronic kidney disease (CKD) from onset to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Participants will learn the impact of hypertension upon chronic kidney disease as well as how to interpret lab and test results to determine the most appropriate nursing interventions. Understanding a patient's psychosocial status related to fears, anxieties, and depression are necessary for effective interventions. Knowledge of treatment differences among peritoneal, hemodialysis, and renal transplant is covered along with assessment and interpretations of patients' medical values and psychosocial status. This course is appropriate for nurses working in any setting, but particularly targets acute care, long-term care, home health care and inpatient rehabilitation.

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Chronic & End-Stage Renal Disease Part 3: Immunosuppression

Presented by Patrice Leonard, BA, BSN, RN, CDE

Chronic & End-Stage Renal Disease Part 3: Immunosuppression

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This course focuses on nursing skills needed to identify immunocompromised renal patients and formulate therapeutic interventions for them. Understanding the differences regarding infection signs and symptoms between immunocompromised and un-compromised patients is critical. Information on neutropenia along with factors that contribute to immunosuppression and anti-rejection medications are reviewed. This course is appropriate for nurses working in any setting, but particularly targets acute care, long-term, home health care, and inpatient rehabilitation.

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