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Fundamentals of Rheumatology Course

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ADVANCE YOUR CAREER, ENHANCE YOUR SKILLS

Rheumatology Research Foundation NOW offering grants for this online course, click here for deadline dates and criteria’s.

Fundamentals of Rheumatology Course was created to meet the specific needs of those transitioning into rheumatology practice such as nurses, office nurses, licensed practical nurses (LPN), medical assistants (MA) and office managers, staff or other clinicians that could benefit from one easy-to-access online resource that offers a current evidence-based comprehensive overview of the rheumatologic disorders and insurance preauthorization.

  • Five modules can be purchased individually or in groups that target specific clinical practices or needs. You have the option to purchase one module, any two or three modules or all five.
  • Each registrant will have 12 months to complete a module and must receive a pass rate of 70% or greater on each module assessment tests in order to receive contact hours for that module.
  • The online format allows registrants to participate from home, work or while traveling 24/7.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the completion of this course the participant should be able to:

  1. Assess, manage, and evaluate patients with rheumatic diseases.
  2. Describe the scope of practice of those transitioning or returning into rheumatology practice such as nurses, office nurses, licensed practical nurses (LPN), medical assistants (MA) and office managers or staff assistant in the management of patients with rheumatic diseases.
  3. Describe the impact of rheumatic diseases on individuals and society.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Due to the complexity and multi-system involvement of the rheumatologic diseases, nurses who are transitioning into rheumatology office practice are challenged to adapt their nursing skills and develop additional ones that are required for the multi-faceted care and management of this special patient population. Although numerous resources on the topic of rheumatology are available, many are not useful for the entry-level rheumatology nurse as the level of presentation may be either too complex (for researchers or rheumatologists) or too basic (patient education).

Currently, although appropriate educational materials are available, they are widely distributed and may require considerable time and effort to find and evaluate and then consume and implement. This course is intended to target the specific needs of rheumatology office nurses and other clinicians by providing one easy-to-access online source that offers an evidence-based, current, comprehensive overview of the rheumatologic disorders and rheumatology nursing practice.