Tutored Online CPD

Medical Nursing – Renal and Urinary Conditions (Apr 2024)

£205.00 Ex VAT

Confirmed Running
Start: 
1st April 2024
CPD:    10 hours (UK), 10 points (AUS, NZ) over 4 / 6 weeks
Level:  Intermediate

Description

This course is aimed at nurses working in general practice

 

Week 1

Acute Kidney Injury

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

 

  • Describe the functional anatomy of the kidney
  • Understand and assess the origin of azotaemia in dogs and cats
  • Break down the terminology and pathophysiology of an acute kidney injury
  • Appreciate the clinical signs and tips on differentiating between AKI and CKD renal biomarkers and the importance of urinalysis for assessing renal function
  • Understand the nursing care that accompanies an AKI patient, including ins and outs, fluid therapy and the importance of bodyweight
  • Design a treatment plan for an AKI patient, including an in depth understanding of why we perform each task

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Sophie = 55 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Crossword quiz = 10 minutes

Week 2

The Blocked Cat

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

 

  • Appreciate what ‘The Blocked Cat’ actually means
  • Understand predisposing factors – who are our ‘Common Culprits’
  • Recognise the most common clinical signs and presentations of these cases
  • Understand and be able to perform the initial diagnostic procedures commonly performed
  • Recognise the hyperkalaemic patient and understand the treatment required
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the treatment options available for these cases
  • Identify different types of urinary catheters used in feline patients
  • Outline urinary catheter placement technique in feline patients
  • Explain the nursing considerations of these patients

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Charlotte = 45 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Written task = 60 minutes (to be submitted before 5pm Friday week 4)
  • Multiple choice questions quiz = 10 minutes

 

Week 3

Chronic Kidney Disease

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

 

  • Understand the difference between CKD and AKI
  • Discuss the clinical signs, why they manifest and what we can do to provide supportive treatment to the CKD patient
  • Talk about the laboratory findings including electrolytes and how/when we should intervene
  • Break down urinalysis and what it can tell us
  • Understand the pathology behind hypertension in CKD patients, the side effects and how to achieve accurate measurements
  • Identify useful nurse clinic tips for CKD patients

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Sophie = 45 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Multiple choice questions quiz = 10 minutes

Week 4

Laboratory Diagnostics in Renal and Urinary Patients 

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

 

  • Recognise the common haematological, biochemical and electrolyte changes seen in patients with renal disease
  • Understand the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) staging for chronic kidney disease
  • Explain the three key components of a urinalysis
  • Describe the classifications of proteinuria and understand possible underlying causes
  • Identify urinary crystals via microscopy
  • Understand external laboratory diagnostics to include: symmetric dimethylarginine and urine culture
  • Localise azotaemia in canine and feline patients

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Charlotte = 45 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Crossword quiz = 10 minutes

The course will be fully tutored by Charlotte Fennell and Sophie McMurrough and will consist of 10 hours of CPD and will be provided in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case scenarios, forum discussions and quizzes.  This course is tutored for 4 weeks, followed by a two week extension of untutored ‘catch up’ time, before the course officially ends.

 

All delegates will then have unlimited lifetime access to the learning material for future reference

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Speaker

Charlotte Fennell BSc (Hons), CertVNECC, RVN, VTS (SAIM)
Senior Internal Medicine Nurse, Southfields Veterinary Specialists

 

Charlotte studied for three years at The Royal Veterinary College, where she graduated with FdSc in Veterinary Nursing, qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) in 2014. She continued her studies there for a further year, whilst working as an RVN part-time for her BSc Honours in Veterinary Nursing and graduating in 2015.  Charlotte joined Southfields Veterinary Specialists in 2016 as a multi-disciplinary nurse and later moved to the internal medicine department in December 2017. Charlotte was appointed Senior Internal Medicine Nurse in November 2019 and in this role, she manages the internal medicine nursing team, working closely with the internal medicine specialists and wider nursing team. Charlotte obtained the Vets Now Emergency and Critical Care certificate in 2019 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) status in small animal internal medicine (SAIM) 2022. Charlotte’s area of interests within medicine include: transfusion medicine, endocrine diseases and emergency medicine.


Speaker

Sophie McMurrough RVN VTS (SAIM)
Head Medicine Nurse, Northwest Veterinary Specialists

 

Sophie qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in the United Kingdom in 2011. Since then she has worked in many different practices across the north west of England gaining essential veterinary experience.  Currently working at a specialist referral hospital in Frodsham, England – Northwest Veterinary Specialists, she has practiced there for 4 years as a nurse team leader of the small animal internal medicine department.  After recent AIMVT exams in Washington DC, Sophie became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Sophie’s areas of interest are endocrinology and emergency medicine.

AVNAT

Australia and New Zealand 

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 10 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.

 

This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 10 CPD points.

 

CPD Hours

This online course is worth 10 hours of CPD.

 

A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.

Information

Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 4 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.

 

The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided each Monday morning, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example

 

The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available later that same day.   Furthermore, all the course material will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks, but the time spent will count towards your CPD hours

 

After 6 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’

Levels

This course has been listed as ‘Intermediate’ level

 

All of our courses are aimed at veterinary nurses in general practice, but everyone who works in the veterinary profession is very welcome to attend, whether you are a clinical receptionist, veterinary surgeon, student nurse or have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years!

 

The courses are not formally assessed for skill level, so the following CPD levels are just a rough guide to help you decide if a course may be more or less suitable:

 

Introduction
– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course

Intermediate
– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course

Advanced
– maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice

Pawprints

You will earn 205 Pawprint Points (£20.50 website credit) when you purchase this course

 

Our loyalty scheme rewards you with 10% in website credit to spend on future courses.  Choose pay with Pawprint Points during checkout.

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Invoice

Debit or credit card is the preferred payment method

Please ask your practice manager or accounts department to visit the website, register an account in their own name, and during checkout, complete the ‘delegate name’ and ‘delegate email’ sections with your personal details.  We will then register you a personal account on your behalf, and transfer the course booking over to your new personal account.  We will of course email you all the information you need to access this new account and your CPD course.

 

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