COPD – Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care (update) - Cork Primary Care Courses
Course Details
  • Start date: 24 Oct 2018
  • Duration:Days: Half day
  • Location:Munster
  • County:Cork
  • Code:09:30 - 12:30 (Inhaler Technique Workshop same afternoon)

Venue: Montenotte Hotel (light lunch provided)

Provider: Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet

Skillnet Members Price: €30.00

Unemployed: No

Course Description:

It is estimated that COPD affects 475,000 people in Ireland. People with COPD require accurate diagnosis, education in relation to medication, oxygen therapy and inhaler technique, access to pulmonary rehabilitation, management of acute exacerbations, regular review and monitoring. Practice nurses meet people with COPD on a daily basis and require baseline knowledge on COPD to assist people live optimal and fulfilled lives. Many patients with COPD have multiple co-morbidities (diabetes, osteoporosis, coronary heart disease) as a result of their COPD which also need to be addressed

This course is underpinned by Scope of Practice (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2015), the Global Initiative for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD, 2017). It seeks to update the nurse to the care of the person with COPD including diagnosis, management and education including smoking cessation, inhaler techniques and long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT).

  • Who should attend: Nurses on the live register of NMBI who work in the private healthcare sector
  • Accreditation:NMBI Accredited
  • Award:NMBI CEUs
  • Credits/CEU's:2.5 CEU's

Course Aim:

The aim of this half day programme is to provide nurses working in clinical practice with up to date knowledge and skills to enable them to care for people with COPD on a day-today basis.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this half day programme participants should be able to;

  • Gain an understanding of the clinical evidence underpinning the diagnosis of COPD including spirometry
  • Gain an understanding of the ongoing care and management of the person with COPD utilising current best practice.
  • Understand inhaler techniques
  • Understand the importance of smoking cessation

Trainer’s Profile

  • Trainer Name: Ruth Morrow MSc., BNS., RANP., RNP., RGN

Ruth received her general training in the Adelaide Hospital, Dublin and in 1992 chose the career path of practice nursing one year following qualification. She is currently employed in a single-handed General Practice in rural Co Leitrim. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing Studies degree programme in the distance learning centre (Oscail) at DCU and followed this with a Masters in Nursing Science from the University of Manchester and the Royal College of Nursing in the UK. In 2001, she received Clinical Nurse Specialist status and in November 2005 was accredited as the first Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care in Ireland. Her role primarily focuses on long term conditions which include diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, coronary heart disease, COPD and asthma. In 2010, she completed the Certificate in Nurse/Midwife prescribing and became a Registered Nurse Prescriber. Ruth has published many articles on a wide range of clinical issues. She is currently consulting editor of Nursing in General Practice, the official journal of the Irish Practice Nurses Association. In 2015, she was appointed clinical director of NurseCPD which publishes e-learning modules for nurses. She is a trainer for Education for Health in the UK for the Asthma Diploma. She is also a tutor for the asthma and COPD on-line modules in NUIG. Ruth also runs her own consultancy business and has written and developed a number of respiratory education programmes which have been approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland and are delivered to practice nurses nationally. Ruth frequently supports the Asthma Society of Ireland, the Leitrim Branch of Diabetes Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland. In 2010 and 2014, she was the Medical Co-ordinator with the Irish Special Olympics European Team in Poland and Belgium respectively. In 2017, she was the medical co-ordinator for Irish Special Olympics World Team for the World Winter Games in Austria and has been recently appointed as the Medical Co-ordinator for Team Ireland for the World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys walking, yoga, cycling, crocheting reading and gardening.

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