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COPD Module C: Pharmacologics in COPD Care

COPD Module C: Pharmacologics in COPD Care

COPD Module C: Pharmacologics in COPD Care

Debra Siela, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNE, RRT
Debra Siela, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNE, RRT
on behalf of Athena Forum Institute

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Launch date: 06 Apr 2018
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Last updated: 04 Oct 2018

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This course is only available to trainees days after purchase. It would need to be repurchased by the trainee if not completed in the allotted time period. This course is no longer available. You will need to repurchase if you wish to take the course again.

Description

This module details the most common drugs—bronchodilators and corticosteroids—and corresponding inhaled medication devices that can decrease the number of exacerbations from COPD and improve the patient’s quality of life. It also covers the possible side effects of such drugs (and how they may conflict with some co-morbidities), as well as the sometimes appropriate (or inappropriate) use of antibiotics and other drugs with COPD.

Objectives

On completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1. Review the use of devices for inhaled medications

2. Describe the use of bronchodilators

3. Identify the role of corticosteroids

4. Discuss the appropriate use of antibiotics

5. Describe the drugs which are not recommended for use

6. Discuss overall medication management in COPD care
Debra Siela, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNE, RRT

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Debra Siela, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNE, RRT
on behalf of Athena Forum Institute

Debra Siela, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K, CNE, RRT has been faculty at Ball State University School of Nursing since 1990. She is an associate professor of nursing. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Her direct care clinical experience included working as a staff nurse in intensive care and emergency department nursing for over twenty-five years.

Dr. Siela has been a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or an advanced practice nurse since 1980. Her clinical focus has been working with patients who have pulmonary disorders and/or critical illness. She is not currently working in a CNS role.

Dr. Siela is also active in conducting research on falls risk and family presence during resuscitation. Her research work in the past has included dyspnea perceptions of people with COPD and patients receiving mechanically ventilation.

Active in many professional nursing organizations including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Dr. Siela presents often at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses annual education conference. She also presents research findings at various conferences.

Dr. Siela has authored and co-authored over 30 publications that include research findings, clinical topics, and book chapters. Her clinical topic publications focus on pulmonary and/or critical care nursing. She also often reviews manuscripts for several nursing journals.

Dr. Siela also enjoys her teaching role. She is a student advocate and mentors students throughout the undergraduate program. She continually searches for better methods on enabling students to think critically and look at the ""big picture"" as they learn to provide care for patients and clients. She also enjoys teaching graduate-level students and learns from their experiences as nurses in the process.

Dr. Siela's knowledge and professional expertise is being incorporated into the Athena Forum Institute® curriculum through her participation as a Course Director and Contributing Faculty. Her professional affiliations include:

American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACCN)
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS)

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • 1.50 Hours
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
  • 1.50 Hours

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