Goal and Learning Outcomes

This course has been approved for 4 hours by the Commission on Case Manager Certification for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 1/15/10 through 12/31/10, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016.
The goal of this course is to review the effects of stress and emotions on the immune system. Specific issues that pertain to the nursing profession will be addressed along with evidence-supported intervention strategies. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the different forms of stress and how they affect the body
  • Describe the brain regions involved in mediating emotions and the behaviors associated with stress
  • Identify the neurotransmitters and hormones that are activated during times of duress
  • Discuss the normal function of the immune system and the ways that stress affects it
  • Describe the manner by which stress-induced changes in the brain can exacerbate immune system diseases
  • Describe the stages of acute inflammation.
  • Discuss the manner by which chronic inflammation can result in both mood and immune disorders.

Course Authors

Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) 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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