Certification Review Includes

  • Arthritis and Connective Tissue Disorders

    1. The goal of this module is to identify various arthritic and connective tissue disorders.  An overview of pathophysiology, treatment options and nursing considerations will be reviewed. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Distinguish between various types of inflammatory conditions
      • Consider the different treatment options and apply them to each disease process
      • Describe the differences between osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Foot and Ankle Conditions

    1. The goal of this module is to gain greater understanding of the foot and ankle. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Find similarities and differences associated with treatments for foot and ankle injuries
      • Identify different toe deformities and think about which patient populations would be most affected
      • Manage the patient with diabetic foot involvement including amputation
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Upper Extremity Conditions

    1. The goal of this module is to understand the collaborative use of the joints in the upper extremity. Associating how injuries or conditions to one joint can affect the others is crucial to caring for patients assisting them with their recovery. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Explain the etiology and treatment options for conditions of the shoulder
      • Identify the differences and similarities of the joints of the upper extremity
      • Describe the treatment sequence for amputation/replantation of the upper extremity in detail
      • Differentiate between lateral and medial epicondylitis
      • List common shoulder conditions of the shoulder and the associated treatment plans
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Hip and Knee Conditions

    1. The goal of this module is to understand the structure of the hip and knee, the function of the hip and knee joints and how to preserve and restore function to the patient with hip and knee conditions. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Identify differences between meniscal cartilage and articular cartilage and how each is associated with osteoarthritis of the knee
      • Define femoroacetabular impingement and discuss the associated treatment options
      • Identify different surgical options for the patient with advanced hip arthritis
      • Define the mechanical aspects of the hip joint with those of the knee joint
      • Describe the differences between chondromalacia and patellofemoral arthritis
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • The Spine

    1. The goal of this chapter is to understand the importance of the spine within the entire skeletal system. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Differentiate between different regions of the spine
      • Identify the most common spinal disorders and the associated symptomatology
      • Describe nonsurgical management for spinal disorders
      • Associate the level of the spine with physical manifestations that may occur
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Orthopedic Assessment and Nursing Considerations

    1. The goal of this module is to pull together assessment skills and nursing considerations for orthopedic patients. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Define the relevance of the health assessment
      • Explain how physical assessment and psychosocial assessment work together to provide patient care
      • Describe how neurologic testing relates to orthopedic conditions
      • Discuss the expected range of motion ranges for the major joints of the body
      • Describe the importance of nursing consideration
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Medical Complications in Orthopedic Patients

    1. The goal of this module is to assist the orthopedic nurse in recognizing, preventing and managing medical complications in orthopedic patients to ensure best patient outcomes. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Identify the most common medical conditions that occur in orthopedic patients
      • Describe preventative strategies for these conditions
      • Distinguish between emergent and non-emergent medical conditions
      • Relate the treatment options to the specific condition and evaluate the efficacy for the patient
      • Explain why orthopedic patients are at risk for medical comorbidities
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Metabolic Bone Conditions and Tumor Disorders

    1. The goal of this module is to understand the difference between metabolic bone conditions and tumor-related illnesses as they relate to the patient and healthcare team. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Identify and differentiate musculoskeletal tumors
      • Establish treatment plans for patients with these diagnoses
      • Relate metabolic bone disease to other orthopedic issues that may result from these underlying conditions
      • Distinguish between benign and malignant tumors
      • Differentiate between bone, soft tissue, muscle and synovial tissue proliferations
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Pediatric Orthopedic and Congenital Conditions

    1. The goal of this module is to understand orthopedic conditions that effect infants, children and adolescents, and how these disorders manifest in adulthood. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe common orthopedic conditions in children and adolescents
      • Explain how treatments differ from adult patients with similar problems
      • Identify lifelong conditions and interventions through the aging process
      • Assess which diagnoses will have the most influence on developmental levels
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Orthopedic Complications

    1. The goal of this module is to utilize orthopedic knowledge and skills to recognize and prevent orthopedic complications from occurring. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • List orthopedic complications that may occur
      • Describe prevention strategies for these complications
      • Evaluate a plan of treatment
      • Discuss complications related to the orthopedic conditions listed
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Orthopedic Trauma, Part 1

    1. The goal of this module is to facilitate an understanding of the care needed by a trauma patient to facilitate collaboration between multiple healthcare disciplines. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Identify different treatment options for sprains, strains and fractures
      • Differentiate between conservative management and surgical management associated with fractures
      • Describe how dislocations occur and the treatments used for reductions
      • Discuss trauma throughout the lifespan
      • Distinguish between a sprain and a strain
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Orthopedic Trauma, Part 2

    1. The goal of this module is to facilitate an understanding of the care needed by a trauma patient to facilitate collaboration between multiple healthcare disciplines. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Identify different treatment options for various types of fractures
      • Differentiate between conservative management and surgical management of fractures
      • Discuss trauma throughout the lifespan
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Diagnostic Studies in Orthopedics

    1. The goal of this module is to understand specific disease processes and how appropriate diagnostic testing can assist in correct diagnoses and patient care. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Determine which diagnostic tests are most useful for inflammatory disorders in Orthopedics
      • Discuss how can infection be diagnosed when culture results are still pending
      • Describe the differences between radiographs, MRI’s, bone scans and CT scans
      • List the most common blood tests used to diagnose orthopedic conditions
      • Apply reflex testing results to sensory/motor responses
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Orthopedic Perioperative Management

    1. The goal of this module is to prepare the orthopedic nurse to deliver proficient patient care in the pre, peri and post-operative period following orthopedic surgery. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Define the different functions of the orthopedic nurse
      • Discuss how each stage in the perioperative period impacts the nursing process
      • Describe ineffective versus effective pain management strategies
      • Explain the different discharge planning options
      • Identity and explain the different anesthetics used for orthopedic procedures
    2. Contact Hours: 1

Goal and Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to assist the learner in successfully passing the ONC® national certification exam. Our courses cover orthopedic conditions and disorders, complications, trauma and more, so you can become a specialist in your field. After studying the information presented, you will be able to discuss:

  • The important aspects of orthopedic assessment
  • The pathophysiology and treatment of arthritic and connective tissue disorders
  • Foot, ankle, hip and knee conditions and the similarities and differences in their care
  • Pediatric orthopedic and congenital conditions
  • The special care trauma patients need

 

After completing the courses, you will be ready for the orthopedic nursing certification exam. These courses are created by leading subject matter experts (SMEs) in each field and are based on the current exam content outlines published by the examining boards for each specialty.

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