8 Contact Hour Home Studies (M-S)

Medications Used in the Treatment of Hypertension: One of the largest health problems in the United States today is that of hypertension.  It is estimated that over 30% of adults 20 and over have some degree of hypertension.  In any one year, approximately million physician office visits will be made for evaluation (either initial or on-going) of hypertension.  The number of antihypertensive medications has changed drastically over the past decade.  Health care providers must have a knowledge of these medications they will be required to administer them for their patients.

Mental Health Drug Update: Medications are used to treat the symptoms of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder(sometimes called manic-depressive illness), anxiety disorders, and attention deficit-hyperactive disorder(ADHD).  Sometimes medications are used with other treatments such as psychotherapy.  This booklet does not provide information about diagnosing mental disorders.  Choosing the ridght medication, medication dose, and treatment plan should be based on a person's individual needs and medical situation, and under a doctor's care.  Information about medications is frequently updated.  Medications are described by their use and are introduced by both their generic name and their trade name.

Osteogenesis: A Guide for Healthcare Workers: Osteogenesis imperfecta(OI), also known as brittle bone disease, is a genetic disorder of connective tissue characterized by bones that fracture easily, often from little or no apparent trauma.  For people with osteogenesis, interacting with the health care system can be complicated and time consuming.  Frequently, people with OI require the services of several health care providers in settings from physicians offices to the emergency room of the hospital and medical research facilities.  In recent years, a great deal of new research has been derived from worldwide interest in bone and genetic research.  This progress is changing in many ways how we understand OI and is leading to expanding treatment options.  This is a rare disorder that many are not familiar with from a clinical setting, and this home study provides and introduction to OI and serves as a reference tool for the health care provider.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: This program is designed to introduce the many sexually transmitted diseases (formerly called venereal diseases) to those with little knowledge of them and to refresh the memory and update the knowledge of those who have worked with this subject.  There are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) recognized today that were virtually unknown in the past.  Society has become more sexually oriented in the last 50 years and many yound people (and some not so young) are either reluctant or blase about protection during intercourse that they may have become careless about using condoms during sex mistakenly thinking that condoms are only used to prevent pregnancy.

Sickle Cell Disease: This home study program is designed to assist health care workers to increase their knowledge of sickle cell disease.  It is essential to understand the difference between sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait in working with newborns and older children who have these conditions.  Nurses should also be able to answer questions which parents may have regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and overall management of kcell disease in their child or children.