Courses

The Challenging Nature of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Diagnostic Issues

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: (1) Describe the immune response and cytokine mediators that trigger the development of SLE and (2) Identify common reasons for nonadherence in patients with SLE and develop strategies to overcome adherence barriers...
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The Challenging Nature of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Treatment Issues

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: (1) Assess recent evidence regarding the benefits and limitations of mainstay treatments used to treat SLE, (2) Discuss the mechanisms of action, appropriate patient populations, and safety considerations of recently approved and investigational agents used in the treatment of SLE, and (3) Identify common reasons for nonadherence in patients with SLE and develop strategies to overcome adherence barriers...
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The Challenges of SLE

Course Summary Thank you for attending and participating in “The Challenges of SLE” presented by Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC. To receive CNE credit, you must […]
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The Pathophysiology of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Nursing Primer

We will provide an introductory level description of the basic immunology and pathophysiology of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) that will allow rheumatology nurses and nurse practitioners to better understand and explain key concepts of SLE to their patients.
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Posts

The Patient Perspective: The Benefits of Participating in a Clinical Trial | Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

It started with one pill a day, then two, and then four. That was followed by a series of injections. And on and on, still […]
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The Power of the Team | Lupus

Lupus is a chronic disease that requires long-term care, which can pose a significant challenge to the patient and health care team.
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The Intersection of Lupus and End-Stage Renal Disease | Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

It’s a question that I have considered from time to time in my nursing career—in a patient with severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who also […]
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Never Forget About the Heart | Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

I still vividly remember the day we received the news that WS had passed away at the age of 32.
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Coming Up with Our Own Recipes | Lupus

Every healthcare provider knows that lupus is the great imposter. One day, it can affect one organ; the next, a whole different system can be […]
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What to Do with a Patient Who Won’t Listen | Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

HL was 19 years old when she was transferred from a pediatric rheumatology practice into our adult practice.
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Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together | Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).

New patient referrals are always exciting (at least to me). It’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together.
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Just Say No | Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).

Hopefully, you are familiar with the patient Bill of Rights that was drafted by the federal government’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in […]
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The Pitfalls of Fragmented Care | Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

TK was an 8-year-old female who presented to our pediatric rheumatology clinic about a year ago with a positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test result (1:320), […]
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Pulling Back the Curtain on “The Great Imposter” | Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

“SLE IS LIKE A GREY WOLF LURKING AT THE EDGE OF THE WOODS, WAITING PATIENTLY TO ATTACK AN INDIVIDUAL’S BLOODSTREAM WHEN IT IDENTIFIES AN OPPORTUNITY…”
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It Takes a Team to Beat “The Beast” | Class III and IV Lupus Nephritis

When I met JP, she had just turned 22 years old. She had been living with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) since the age of 13, […]
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Don’t Let Age Fool You! | Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

I work in a university-based rheumatology practice that includes an inpatient team that sees patients on the rheumatology service or consults on patients admitted to […]
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