Goal and Learning Outcomes

The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses with information and strategies to improve care for people with arthritic disorders. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the incidence of arthritic disorders in the U.S. and their effects on the population
  • Recognize the pathological process in various forms of arthritis
  • List resources for the public and healthcare professionals that can help them learn more about arthritis
  • Discuss the pathology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, nonpharmacological treatments, and nursing principles relevant to patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other arthritic disorders
  • Discuss common medications for people with arthritis and related patient education issues
  • Describe the nursing management of a patient with total knee arthroplasty or total hip arthroplasty
  • Describe the roles that complementary and alternative therapies, exercise, and nutrition play in the management of arthritic disorders

Course Authors

Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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