Supporting Patients Before, During and After Weight Loss Surgery

Supporting Patients  Before, During and After Weight Loss Surgery

Course Expiration Date:  8/30/2021

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $75.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: As an increasing number of patients seek treatment for obesity, it is vial for healthcare providers to be able to offer evidence-based recommendations. this course will teach the healthcare provider how to provide the best practice standards whether you are starting the conversation about weight loss treatment options, reinforcing lifestyle recommendations, or providing long-term supportive care for patients with a history of bariatric surgery.

Instructor: Nina Crowley, PhD, RDN, LD and Molly Jones, RD, LD

Target Audience: Licensed nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists, dieticians and any other healthcare provider interested in this topic

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies to communicate with patients about obesity.
  • Identify steps to support the patient who is interested in pursuing bariatric surgery.
  • Interpret the lifestyle recommendations for patients who have bariatric surgery.
  • Outline long term supportive care for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.

Length of Course: 165 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This continuing education activity is approved for 2.75 nursing continuing professional development hour for licensed nurses and 1.25 pharmacology hour.

Dietitians:  2.75 hours of CPE for registered dietitians.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 2.75 clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Respiratory Care Practitioners: 2.75 clock hours will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.

AHEC: This program is approved for 0.275 CEUs (2.75clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets the SC AHEC Best Practice Standards

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

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