Twenty million Americans have some form of peripheral neuropathy. Due to the prevalence of peripheral neuropathy, it is important for healthcare providers to have an understanding of neuropathy. This course will discuss a basic overview of the nervous system as a foundation and will continue with discussing types of neuropathy, causes of neuropathy, signs and symptoms of neuropathy, and methods of treatment. By having a basic understanding of neuropathy, you will have a better understanding of your patients’ diagnosis and treatment.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Describe the basic workings of the Nervous System
- Define the types of neuropathy
- Discuss the signs, symptoms and impact of peripheral neuropathy
- List testing and treatment methods for peripheral neuropathy
- Describe risks and complications associated with neuropathy on a patient with diabetes
This educational activity was developed for registered nurses, clinical educators, clinical nurse specialists, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse and nurse practitioners.
This course is approved for 1.5 contact hours by the Florida and California State Boards of Nursing.
This course was created by Joanne M. Labiak, RN, MSN, CRNP, CWOCN, CWS and edited by Brenda Kozak, MSN, RN, CNE.
Joanne is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, the Wound Ostomy Continence Certification Board as a CWOCN, and the American Board of Wound Management as a Certified Wound Care Specialist.
Brenda is a certified nursed educator and has 18 years of clinical experience in nursing. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on education.