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Course # 34462 • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus


Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE) is an autoimmune disease that has impacted the lives of more than 1.5 million individuals in the United States. Lupus is one of several chronic conditions that may result in long-term disability. The majority of SLE sufferers are young women. It is imperative that healthcare providers, including nurses, have a general knowledge base regarding this chronic disease. In addition, this knowledge base will provide healthcare providers with the tools necessary to provide appropriate care, guidance, and support for patients who are living with this chronic disease process.

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Education Category: Infection Control / Internal Medicine

Release Date: 11/01/2017

Expiration Date: 10/31/2020


This course is designed for nurses working in any healthcare setting who may interact with individuals diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus.


In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. NetCE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NetCE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NetCE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 5 ANCC contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 1 pharmacotherapeutic/pharmacology contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 6 hours for Alabama nurses. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEU(s) for this program. AACN Synergy CERP Category A.

Individual State Nursing Approvals

In addition to states that accept ANCC, NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama, Provider #ABNP0353, (valid through November 21, 2021); Arkansas, Provider #50-2405; California, BRN Provider #CEP9784; California, LVN Provider #V10662; California, PT Provider #V10842; District of Columbia, Provider #50-2405; Florida, Provider #50-2405; Georgia, Provider #50-2405; Kentucky, Provider #7-0054 through 12/31/2021; South Carolina, Provider #50-2405. South Carolina, Provider #50-2405; West Virginia RN and APRN, Provider #50-2405.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with the information necessary to provide appropriate care, guidance, and support for patients who are living with the chronic disease of systemic lupus erythematosus.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify those individuals at risk for developing systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus).
  2. Compare and contrast the four types of lupus.
  3. Evaluate the possible causes of lupus.
  4. Identify common signs and symptoms of lupus.
  5. Select the laboratory tests and diagnostic criteria necessary to appropriately diagnose lupus.
  6. Analyze the various treatment options for lupus.
  7. Discuss the impact of lupus as a chronic illness.


Richelle A. Rennegarbe, PhD, RN, earned her RN degree from Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL, her BSN from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL and her MS in Community Health Nursing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, IL. She earned her PhD in Health Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, IL. Dr. Rennegarbe's primary areas of expertise include community health nursing, women's health issues, nursing management, and chronic conditions including systemic lupus erythematosus. She is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the MSN and DNP Program at McKendree University. Dr. Rennegarbe is certified by the American Organization of Nurse Executives in executive nursing practice.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Richelle A. Rennegarbe, PhD, RN, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

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The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

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