IMPORTANT!! Please check the Board Approval Information below to ensure the course is approved by your professional board and will provide the CE credits you need.
This self-instructional program examines the pathology, signs and symptoms, research, treatment and support approaches for a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. This disease is characterized by the progressive death of the motor neurons. Constant reinforcement of all of the many things that need to be learned from multiple specialists need to happen as each specific consult occurs. So the nurse or the occupational therapist needs to be somewhat aware of what the speech therapist is offering and support that work. The physical therapist or the dietician need to know a few counseling skills so that when the patient becomes discouraged during their time of visitation, they know what to do. Thus, this course is a “generalist” course, designed to help any specialist understand the basics of the over-all approach. The course provides many specific “how to’s” for each specialty that can be taught to the patient.
Purpose and Objectives
1: Review the demographics & possible causes of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
2: Identify the signs and symptoms of the disease, and recognize how the disease usually progresses and how it is diagnosed.
3: Examine supportive therapies from a multidisciplinary approach that can allow the patient to compensate for many of the losses as they progress.
- 3A: Examine approaches to the problem of impaired mobility related to skeletal muscular atrophy.
- 3B: Examine approaches to the problem of high risk for impaired skin integrity related to immobility.
- 3C: Assist in creating a living space that accommodates the patient’s disabilities.
- 3D: Examine approaches to the problem of alteration in nutrition related to impaired swallowing.
- 3E: Examine approaches to the problem of impairment of verbal communication related to dysarthria.
- 3F: Examine approaches to the problems of inability to sustain spontaneous ventilation and ineffective airway clearance related to muscle weakness.
- 3G: Examine approaches to the problems of constipation and sleep pattern disturbance.
- 3H: Examine approaches to the problems of anxiety and depression, or emotional lability.
- 3I: Examine approaches used when the patient needs Palliative or Hospice Care.
4: Identify research efforts in ALS and become familiar with resource associations that can connect the patient to research or provide ongoing information.
About the Author
Linda S. Greenfield, RN, PhD
Linda is the educational administrator, author and instructor for Consultants for the Future. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and Columbia Pacific University and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities as a doctorial student. She has taught hundreds of seminars and authored home study courses for over thirty five years in healthcare continuing education.
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Her clinical experiences include acute and long term care, including experience as a flight nurse in the US Air Force and as an educator in a college based nursing program. Linda has a passion for life-long learning and is always on the breaking edge of the latest information in health and healing, integrating both conventional and alternative approaches. She has a knack for breaking down complex topics into easy to understand concepts with practical applications for everyday needs. Linda has been honored as a keynote speaker at several conferences and conventions, including the Spring 2005 conference of the Iowa Department of Health where she spoke about energy healing.
Board Approval Information
Consultants for the Future has been approved by the Florida Boards of Nursing, Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology (clinical), Provider No. 50-435; the Ohio Board of Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology (clinical), Provider No. 50-435; the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435; the Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy, Provider No. 50-435; the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435; the Iowa Board of Nursing, Provider No. 61, the Iowa Behavioral Science Examiners for Mental Health Counselors and Marital & Family Therapists, Sponsor No. 1-05, the Iowa Social Work Examiners, Sponsor No. 334; the California Board of Nursing, Provider No. 04422. Approved through complementary board by the Florida Board of Dietetics and Nutrition. Approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association, #CP130020205. The course meets the requirements of the Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, and Kentucky Boards of Nursing, and other states by reciprocity.