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Course # 38502 • Thyroid Dysfunction

Overview

More than 20 million people in the United States, have some type of thyroid dysfunction. Internationally, the incidence is even greater. In this course, the anatomy and physiology of the thyroid gland will be outlined. The types of thyroid dysfunction, including include hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, nodules, goiters, autoimmune disorders, thyroiditis, Graves disease, and thyroid cancer, will be discussed, including clues for differential diagnosis. Recent changes in the diagnostic criteria and treatment of these conditions that will be explained. Also included will be surgical options and nursing care of the thyroid dysfunctional patient. Sections on preventive measures and resources for patients and their families will also be provided.

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Education Category: Infection Control / Internal Medicine

Release Date: 10/01/2018

Expiration Date: 09/30/2021

Audience

This course is designed for nurses, allied surgical professionals, and other healthcare workers in all practice settings who may care for patients with thyroid dysfunction.

Accreditations/Approvals

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 approved to offer continuing education through the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators, Provider #50-2405. NetCE is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program as a provider of continuing education. Provider number 1622. 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. This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 4 CE contact hour(s). Activity code: H00029535. Approval Number: 170004540. To claim these CEs, log into your CE Center account at www.ccmcertification.org.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 4 ANCC contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 1 pharmacotherapeutic/pharmacology contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 4.8 hours for Alabama nurses. This home study course is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators for 4 credit hour(s). This course is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program for 4 hour(s) of continuing education credit - NHAP#1622004-6382/P. California NHAs may only obtain a maximum of 10 hours per course. AACN Synergy CERP Category A. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 0.4 CEU(s) for this program.

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, 2017); Alabama, Provider #ABNP0353, (valid through November 21, 2021); 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; Iowa, Provider #295; Kentucky, Provider #7-0054 through 12/31/2019; South Carolina, Provider #50-2405.

Course Objective

As a result of the high prevalence of thyroid conditions, nurses and other healthcare providers encounter thyroid dysfunctional patients every day. The purpose of this course is to provide the most current information regarding thyroid disease diagnosis, treatment, and management to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment and optimum patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe thyroid anatomy and physiology.
  2. Outline the pathophysiology of hypothyroidism, including possible causes and associated conditions.
  3. Identify signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism and effective treatment options.
  4. Distinguish between various types of thyroid nodules and multinodular goiters.
  5. Discuss thyroid cancer, including staging and treatment.
  6. Describe special considerations when diagnosing and treating thyroid dysfunction in older patients.
  7. Discuss the management of the patient with thyroid disease.

Faculty

Marilyn Fuller Delong, MA, BSN, RN, received her basic nursing education at St. Luke's School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, her BSN from Coe College and her MA from California State University, Long Beach. She has worked throughout the United States both clinically and as an educator. Her continuing education classes have focused on the case management aspects of the care of orthopedic and pulmonary patients, with particular focus on the long-term care needs of the elderly and disabled.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Marilyn Fuller Delong, MA, BSN, 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.

About the Sponsor

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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Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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