Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Managing Arthritis in the 21st Century

This programme provides registered nurses and midwives with evidenced based knowledge to critically develop their theoretical and practical understanding of arthritis.Following this programme, participants will be able to recognise rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and understand the principles of musculoskeletal assessment and apply chronic disease management principles to managing arthritis.

Programme duration 6 hours
Entry requirements Registered nurses and midwives
  • Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI Continuing Nursing & Midwifery Education Units: 6 CNMEUs
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Continuing Education Units: 6 CEUs
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Programme contact

Ms Catherine Clune Mulvaney, Operations & Education Manager, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Programme aims

  • To provide registered nurses and midwives with up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge to critically develop nurses’ theoretical and practical understanding of arthritis and its’ management.
  • To support registered nurses and midwives in enhancing their confidence, skills and competences, with regards to recognising the symptoms of arthritis, understand the principles of basic joint examination skills, managing arthritis (to include medications and practical advice and health promotion).

Learning outcomes

At the end of this CPD programme, participants will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the impact of rheumatic disease on society and the individual/ their family.
  • Critically discuss the key differences between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Differentiate between the key principles of managing rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Confidently identify and describe normal/abnormal joint movement.
  • Critically discuss the existing knowledge base surrounding chronic disease management principles (health promotion, pain management, etc.) and apply them to a different population.
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