Variations in the Experience of Menopause Caused by Drugs, Herbs and Alcohol: Five Case Studies

Introduction to this Continuing Education Activity

Most nurses have a baseline understanding of menopause which means they know that menses cease and estrogen levels drop. They also appreciate some of the more common symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep disturbances. However, since every woman’s experience is unique, there are times when menopause presents a more challenging situation. This is often the result of some endogenous or exogenous factor that is unique to that woman including drug interactions with hormone use, herbal products and even the type of menopause a woman is experiencing. Although these situations are relatively common, they are rarely included in nursing education related to menopause. The absence of this information creates a knowledge deficit for nurses while also highlighting the need for a more individualized approach to menopause. This educational activity provides nurses with the opportunity to expand on their knowledge about menopause and the need for more individualized assessment and care.

Following the completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:

  1. Identify at least five situations that are unique to specific subsets of women experiencing menopause.
  2. Describe the potential impact these situations might have on the personal experience of menopause for these specific women.
  3. Recognize that menopause is a process and not a disease with potentially significant variations in experience for some women.

Directions
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Criteria for the Successful Completion of this Educational Activity
Watch four video lessons and complete the evaluation form following the last lesson. You are required to watch each lesson before proceeding to the next one. The system will not allow you to skip lessons. Once the evaluation form is completed and submitted, you will be issued your certificate.

This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Approval does not imply endorsement by the provider, ANCC, or ONA of any products displayed in conjunction with this activity.”

This independent study was developed by: Patricia Camillo PhD,APRN, NCMP.
The author and planning committee members have declared no conflict of interest.

Disclaimer: Information in this study is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal and/or medical advice or to be a comprehensive compendium of evidence-based practice. For specific implementation information, please contact an appropriate professional, organization, legal source, or facility policy.

IMPORTANT: Please do not register yet for this course yet. I’m still working on putting everything back together after being hacked. It should be ready to go by Feb 15th – Stay tuned!!



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