Caring For Patients With Metabolic Syndrome
This course will provide nurses with information to help them assess and care for patients with metabolic syndrome.
According to the American Heart Association, about 35 percent of U.S. adults have metabolic syndrome. Many experts believe the root cause is obesity. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimates about two-thirds of American adults and 15 percent of children and adolescents are either overweight or obese. These statistics are significant because Americans are developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) at much younger ages than ever, due to their weight. Metabolic syndrome doubles the risk of CVD and quintuples the diabetes risk. Risk is especially high in men older than age 45 and women older than age 55. This course will provide nurses with information to help them assess and care for patients with metabolic syndrome.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Identify how to assess patients for metabolic syndrome.
- Discuss the management of patients with metabolic syndrome.
- Describe the nursing care for patients with metabolic syndrome.
Helene Harris, MSN, RN
Helene Harris haspracticed as an RN for more than 30 years and serves as Army nurse, caring for patients in all different specialties of nursing. She has published articles on various nursing topics. In addition to providing a previous presentation on caring for patients with metabolic syndrome, she also taught medical-surgical nursing for five years in an associate degree in nursing program and worked as a practice consultant for the Texas Board of Nursing. She works full time as a clinical educator and part time for an attorney, where she reviews records for potential malpractice suits.
Carla J. Smith, MS, RN
Carla J. Smith has practiced as a nurse for 36 years and has worked in a variety of settings, including OR, ED, ICU, medical-surgical and education. She taught critical care nursing for 11 years in a BSN program.