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Essential Nursing Informatics: Impact on Healthcare and Quality Initiatives

Product code: M286B    Copyright © 2017

OVERVIEW: 

Nursing informatics can increase accurate communication, help create an environment of greater efficiency, and help reduce errors resulting in improved patient safety. In many ways, the backbone for these improvements is the electronic health record (EHR).

This program is the second in a three-part series that provides an overview of the essential elements of nursing informatics, and describes how EHR works with informatics to improve patient care.

OBJECTIVES: 

After viewing the program, the learner will be able to:

•    List and explain the positive impacts of informatics in healthcare for the patient, facility, and personnel
•    Describe different examples of quality initiatives to better improve the function of the healthcare system
•    Discuss how technology has advanced the field of healthcare to make it more efficient
•    Explain how to use different forms of technology for better quality service in healthcare

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Essential Nursing Informatics: Impact on Nursing

Product code: M286C    Copyright © 2017

OVERVIEW:
Technological advances have improved different sectors within society, and informatics has done this for nursing. This improvement has led to better systems that leave less margin for error, and its impact can be seen within the field of nursing.

This program, the final in a three-part series, provides overview of the essential elements of nursing informatics, and how informatics can be used with a focus on patient care.


OBJECTIVES:
After viewing the program, the learner will be able to:

•    Explain how informatics has revolutionized the field of nursing
•    Delineate the details of the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) guidelines
•    Differentiate between the role of an informatics nurse (IN) and an informatics nurse specialist (INS)
•    List the duties of informatics nurses as project managers

 

 

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Essential Nursing Informatics: Introduction

Product code: M286A    Copyright © 2017

OVERVIEW:

Informatics has been called the intersection where health and information technology meet. Informatics connects healthcare professionals with information they need to both promote and provide a higher quality of care, as well as patient safety. But what, exactly is nursing informatics?

This program is the first in a three-part series that provides an overview of the essential elements of nursing informatics, and how informatics can be used with a focus on patient care.

OBJECTIVES:

After viewing the program, the learner will be able to:

•    Define nursing informatics
•    Describe how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act spurred the growth of electronic medical records
•    Explain the difference between computer hardware and software
•    Describe five general types of informatics technology used for patient care

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Intravenous Therapy: Pediatrics

Product code: M266DR    Copyright © 2016

OVERVIEW:
Providing intravenous therapy for infants and children offers unique challenges and may have a different rationale for the IV therapy than with an adult.

Updated with a new look and feel, and the latest venipuncture practices, this program demonstrates and describes IV therapy for pediatric patients.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

•    Describe specific IV therapy considerations for infants through school-age children
•    Explain the unique hydration needs of pediatric patients
•    Identify age-appropriate venipuncture sites for pediatric patients
•    Describe venipuncture on a pediatric patient
•    Explain the need for and techniques to protect pediatric IV sites
•    Describe routine IV care and complications to be aware of or pediatric patients

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Pathophysiology: Cardiac Pathology Part 1

Product code: PATH101A    Copyright © 2016

OVERVIEW:
The human heart is amazing.  It beats over 100,000 per day and pumps 15 gallons of blood throughout the body every minute   Yet it is not infallible, and even today, with the emphasis on a heart-healthy life that encompasses a low-carbohydrate, low-salt, low-cholesterol, and fat diets, as well as routine exercise, heart disease is still the leading cause of death around the globe.
This program, the first in this two-part series on cardiac pathology will focus on a few of the most common disorders of the heart: coronary heart disease, acute coronary syndrome, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, and heart failure.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to identify and describe the risk factors, pathophysiology, and symptoms of:

•    Coronary heart disease
•    Acute coronary syndrome
•    Angina pectoris
•    Myocardial infarction
•    Heart failure

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Pathophysiology: Cardiac Pathology Part 2

Product code: PATH101B    Copyright © 2016

OVERVIEW:
The human heart is amazing.  It beats over 100,000 per day and pumps 15 gallons of blood throughout the body every minute   Yet it is not infallible, and even today, with the emphasis on a heart-healthy life that encompasses a low-carbohydrate, low-salt, low-cholesterol, and fat diets, as well as routine exercise, heart disease is still the leading cause of death around the globe.
This final program on cardiac pathology describes dysrhythmias of the cardiac conduction system, which is responsible for initiating and conducting electrical impulses to produce rhythmic heartbeats. Valvular heart disease is also described.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to identify the ECG waveforms and describe the following cardiac dysrhythmias:

•    Sinus bradycardia
•    Sinus tachycardia  
•    Atrial tachycardias
•    Atrial flutter  
•    Atrial fibrillation  
•    Premature ventricular contractions
•    Ventricular tachycardia   
•    Ventricular fibrillation   
•    Heart blocks

In addition, the learner should be able to identify and describe the risk factors, pathophysiology, and symptoms of valvular heart disease.

 

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Pathophysiology: Immune System Responses

Product code: PATH100B    Copyright © 2016

OVERVIEW:
An understanding of basic pathophysiology—the study of the processes and mechanisms of disease in the body and the accompanying functional changes that result—is a foundational skill for healthcare professionals in any setting. But there is one body system that affects all the others: the immune system.
The immune system works to keep all the other body systems healthy and functioning. The first program in this two-part series describes the components of the immune system, and should be reviewed before viewing this program. This program describes how these components work together to respond to harmful pathogens.  In addition, it provides an overview of the pathology of one of the greatest challenges to the immune system: cancer.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

•    Describe the immune system response to bacteria
•    Describe the immune system response to viruses
•    List factors which may precipitate cancer
•    Describe metastasis
•    List seven cancer type classifications

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Pathophysiology: Neurological System: Acute Brain Injuries

Product code: PATH103A    Copyright © 2016

 OVERVIEW:
So vital is the central nervous system to the wellbeing of the human body that even small changes or damage to parts of the system can result in profoundly life-altering effects.
This program focuses on acute injuries to the brain.  Beginning with a brief discussion of increased intracranial pressure and cerebral edema, both of which are common in brain pathologies, it describes traumatic brain injuries and stroke.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to identify and brain injuries including:

•    Increased intracranial pressure (ICP)
•    Cerebral edema
•    Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
•    Concussions
•    Skull fractures
•    Hematomas
•    Stroke

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Pathophysiology: Neurological System: Acute Spinal Cord Injuries

Product code: PATH103B    Copyright ©

 OVERVIEW:
So vital is the central nervous system to the wellbeing of the human body that even small changes or damage to parts of the system can result in profoundly life-altering effects.
This program focuses on acute injuries to the spinal cord including risk factors, classifications of spinal cord injuries, and descriptions of complications.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able:

•    Identify symptoms of spinal cord injury (SCI)  
•    Differentiate between neurogenic shock and spinal shock
•    List and describe seven classifications of SCI
•    Describe common complications of SCI
 

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Pathophysiology: Neurological System: Degenerative Disorders Part 1

Product code: PATH103E    Copyright © 2017

OVERVIEW:

Neurodegenerative diseases are progressive disorders that result in chronic, incurable, debilitating conditions that lead to damage or death of nerve cells.  The consequences of these pathologies can result in motor, sensory, and/or cognitive dysfunction and eventually death.

This program is the first of two parts on neurodegenerative diseases, and describes the characteristics, risk factors, and symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.

OBJECTIVES:

After completing this course, the learner should be able to describe risk factors and symptoms of:

  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Huntington’s disease

 

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Pathophysiology: Neurological System: Degenerative Disorders Part 2

Product code: PATH103F    Copyright © 2017

 OVERVIEW:
Neurodegenerative diseases are progressive disorders that result in chronic, incurable, debilitating conditions that lead to damage or death of nerve cells.  The consequences of these pathologies can result in motor, sensory, and / or cognitive dysfunction and eventually death.

This program is the second of two parts on neurodegenerative diseases, and describes the characteristics, risk factors, and symptoms of multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and myasthenia gravis.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to describe risk factors and symptoms of:

•    Multiple sclerosis
•    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
•    Myasthenia gravis

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Pathophysiology: Neurological System: Infections

Product code: PATH103C    Copyright © 2017

 OVERVIEW:

Since the central nervous system is crucial in the maintenance of health within the human body, it is important to understand issues that can arise when infections occur.

This program focuses on infectious processes of the central nervous system, including encephalitis, meningitis, and Guillian Barré, a post-infectious autoimmune disease of the peripheral nervous system.

 

OBJECTIVES:

After completing this course, the learner should be able:

 

  • Identify the causes and symptoms of encephalitis 
  • List and describe the risk factors of meningitis
  • Differentiate between bacterial and viral meningitis
  • Describe the different types, symptoms, and complications of Guillan Barré (GBS)

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Pathophysiology: Neurological System: Seizures and Brain Tumors

Product code: PATH103D    Copyright © 2017

 OVERVIEW:
The brain and nerves are often thought of as a smooth-running highway of electrical activity inside the body.  But uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain—a seizure—can result in tremendous disruption throughout the body, that in turn, can lead to an altered level of consciousness or other neurologic, motor, or behavioral manifestations. In some cases, the cause of the seizure is even more threatening—a brain tumor.

This program describes the characteristics, risk factors, and symptoms of different types of seizures and brain tumors.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able:

•    List three neurological and five additional risk factors for seizures
•    Differentiate between generalized seizures and partial (focal) seizures
•    List six complications that can arise from seizures
•    Explain the four general categories of brain tumors
•    Describe the grading scale for malignant brain tumors

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Pathophysiology: The Immune System

Product code: PATH100A    Copyright © 2016

 OVERVIEW:
An understanding of basic pathophysiology—the study of the processes and mechanisms of disease in the body and the accompanying functional changes that result—is a foundational skill for healthcare professionals in any setting. But there is one body system that affects all the others: the immune system. The immune system works to keep all the other body systems healthy and functioning. This program, part one of two parts on the immune system, will provide an overview of the components of the immune system and their roles

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

•    Name the three major types of immunity
•    Identify and describe the five types of cells associated with the innate immune system
•    Identify and describe the eight types of cells associated with the adaptive immune system
•    Describe the functions of complement proteins and antibodies

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Pathophysiology: The Vascular System

Product code: PATH102    Copyright © 2016

 OVERVIEW:
The adult human has about six quarts of blood that move through the vasculature in his or her body three times per minute, a circuit that is equal to 12,000 miles.  That is four times the distance from the California shore to the beaches of the East Coast of the United States.


This program describes disorders that can afflict the arteries, veins, and capillaries of the vascular system. When used with “Pathophysiology: Cardiac Pathology” parts 1 and 2, it provides a complete overview of pathologies of the cardiovascular system.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to identify and describe disorders of the vascular system including:

•    Atherosclerosis
•    Hypertension
•    Peripheral vascular disease
•    Aneurysm
•    Thrombophlebitis
•    Raynaud’s disease

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Preventing Medication Errors Part 1: General Recommendations for System-Wide Change

Product code: M218TA    Copyright © 2016

OVERVIEW:
One of the most common types of medical errors are errors involving medication. Fortunately, prevention measures have been shown to be greatly effective in reducing medication errors. This is the first in a 3-part series that focuses on medication errors and strategies that can be implemented to prevent their occurrence.  In this program, general recommendations for system-wide changes to enhance medication safety will be discussed.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

•    Explain the various aspects of the “systems approach to error prevention,” including reporting systems, standardized safety procedures and safety training.
•    Describe the importance of applying lessons learned from sentinel events.
•    Identify the key attributes of building a new culture of safety to prevent medication errors

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Preventing Medication Errors Part 2: Sources of Errors and Basic Safety Practices

Product code: M218TB    Copyright © 2016

OVERVIEW:
Medication errors are the most common form of medical mistake. This second program in a 3-part series will define the different events that may result from drug-related errors and identify the common sources of these mistakes.  In addition, the eight rights of medication administration, which are the foundation for safe practice, will be described.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

•    Identify the different types of medication errors that can occur
•    Define the eight "rights" of safe medication administration to help prevent medication errors

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Preventing Medication Errors Part 3: What Nurses Can Do

Product code: M218TC    Copyright © 2016

OVERVIEW:
This final program in a three-part series on preventing medication errors describes best practice recommendations from the Joint Commission that nurses can put in place in their own day-to-day activities. This includes ways to increase patient involvement and education so that they can make a difference and protect themselves from medication errors.

OBJECTIVES:
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

•    Describe safe medication practice measures recommended by the Joint Commission
•    Describe the importance of involving patients themselves in the treatment process as a means of ensuring safer medication administration

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