Joyce Campbell – Demystifying Sodium Disorders in the ED & ICU
Sharpen your skills in identification and management for hypernatremia and hyponatremia. Many patients seek help in the emergency department for symptoms of sodium imbalance and others are admitted with or develop sodium imbalance while in the hospital. These imbalances can present in a variety of complex and confusing ways and you, as the front-line responder, need to be aware to recognize and react quickly and effectively to protect patients. This presentation will help you to sharpen your assessment skills regarding sodium imbalance, how to read and interpret lab tests related to sodium levels and become the most up to date in interventions to increase your patient’s outcomes.
Describe the clinical manifestations of hypernatremia and hyponatremia.
Identify the etiology of sodium imbalance.
Summarize the treatment of the patient with a sodium imbalance.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Robin Gilbert, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, has over 25 years’ experience in emergency nursing. A number of her years in emergency nursing included experience in a pediatric emergency department at Boston Medical Center. She is both a certified emergency nurse and certified pediatric emergency nurse. Robin has experience as an emergency department manager, manager of cardiac & pulmonary rehabilitation and, currently, as the regional manager for staff development at Central Maine Medical Center. She instructs the NCLEX review class for Kaplan and tutors nursing students online for a local college of nursing. Her experience also includes having been an item writer for the Board Certification of Emergency Nursing and a former Chairperson. Robin was the coordinator for her employer’s “Pathway to Excellence” designation, which was received in 2012.
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In her role, Robin is able to remain current in the trends and best practices standards for care of the pediatric population. Robin received her BSN from Curry College, Massachusetts and her MSN from Saint Joseph’s College, Maine. Robin is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and is a reviewer for the ANCC’s Pathway to Excellence program.