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As health care becomes more complex, it is essential that the theoretical concepts of the basis of illness (pathophysiology) be well understood. The purpose of this course is to reinforce the scientific rationales for the interventions nurses perform and the decisions nurses make as patients move through the ever-changing management of their autoimmune or immune system disorder. In addition, members of the public may use this course to enhance their personal knowledge of the subject matter presented.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
1. Review the general characteristics of active and passive immunity.
2. Describe the role of cytokines in human immunity.
3. Identify the cells of the innate immune system and their functions.
4. Discuss the cells of the adaptive immune system and their functions.
5. Analyze features of immunity in special populations.
6. Evaluate the manifestation, diagnosis, and treatment of allergic conditions, including allergic rhinitis.
7. Outline the clinical manifestations and management of anaphylaxis.
8. Identify signs and symptoms of food allergy.
9. Review the diagnosis and management of asthma in various patient populations.
10. Describe the presentation and medical management of rheumatoid arthritis.
11. Discuss key points in the recognition and management of systemic lupus erythematosus.
12. Compare and contrast features of various other autoimmune rheumatic disorders, including Sjögren syndrome, spondyloarthropathies, and vasculitis.
13. Analyze tools available to diagnose and treat Lyme disease.
14. Describe the manifestations of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and available treatment options.
15. Evaluate other immune system disorders, including sepsis.
This 15-hour continuing education course is available for download for professional development; if continuing education credit is desired, please see instructions included in eBook.