Challenging Cases in Rheumatology: A Diagnostic Dilemma

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Carrie Beach, BSN, RN-BC
Staff Rheumatology Nurse
Columbus Arthritis Center
Columbus, OH

Joni Fontenot, RN
Registered Nurse
Ochsner Health System-The Grove-Infusion/Rheumatology Infusion
Baton Rouge, LA

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of rheumatology nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Other healthcare providers may also participate.

Learning Objectives and Goals:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Analyze the clinical evidence supporting the use of multidisciplinary care among patients diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis (PsA).
  2. Identify appropriate questions to ask PsA patients at each visit that may help quickly uncover core issues to be resolved by the patient and healthcare team

Accreditation Statement

Rheumatology Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (Provider No. P0500). Participants will receive 0.5 hours of continuing nursing contact hours, with 0.5 pharmacotherapeutic hours, by completing the education, completing an online evaluation, and receiving a post-test score of 70%.

Disclosure Statement

According to the disclosure policy of RNS, all faculty, planning committee members, editors, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant relationships with any commercial interests related to this activity. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation. All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity and levels of evidence.

Relationships are abbreviated as follows: E, Educational planning committee; G, Grant/research support recipient; AB, Advisory Board/review panel member; C, Consultant; S, Stock shareholder; SB, Speaker bureau; PE, Promotional event talks; H, Honoraria; O, Other.

Planners, reviewers, and faculty have disclosed no conflicts of interest related to the content of this education with the exception of the following:

Carrie Beach, RN-BC, BSN, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships specific to the subject matter of the content included in this educational activity: Janssen/AB, Aurinia/SB.

Planning Committee

Kim Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC, Accredited Provider Program Director, Rheumatology Nurses Society

Scott Kober, MBA, Managing Partner, Excalibur Medical Education

Kevin Lyons, Executive Director of the Rheumatology Nurses Society and Chief Executive Officer of Lyons Den Solutions, LLC

Off-Label Product Disclosure

This activity will not include a discussion of off-label or investigational use of products.

Method of Participation

There are no fees to participate in the activity. Participants must review the activity information including the learning objectives and disclosure statements, as well as the content of the activity. To receive CNE contact hours for your participation, please complete the post-test (achieving a passing grade of 70% or greater), and program evaluation. Your certificate can be printed immediately.


This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie, Janssen, and Novartis.


This course will expire on December 31, 2023