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Module 3: Advanced Stage Disease States

  • Peggy Mossholder, MSN, RN, CHPN
  • Kim Kuebler DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
  • Tonya Tyson MSN, RNC, WHNP
  • Carol Massey EdD, RN


This module provides current information and evidence based practices for the management of advanced disease states that affect the majority of Americans. Patients who are living and dying from advanced diseases are not always appropriate for hospice-like services; yet can benefit from palliative interventions in the form of symptom management to effectively manage the concomitant symptoms associated with advanced disease states and improve patient perceived quality of life. This module highlights the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and appropriate diagnostics and interventions related to: cardiac, pulmonary, renal, hepatic and neurologic diseases. Additional discussion will include the management of metastatic malignancies and HIV/AIDS.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, the reader will be able to:

  1. Describe advanced pathophysiology as it relates to cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, hepatic, neurological, oncologic and HIV/AIDS diseases.
  2. Identify the clinical manifestations that accompany specific advanced disease states.
  3. Describe appropriate assessment, diagnostics, and interventions used to manage advance disease.
  4. Describe the prognostic indicators in advanced disease.

Average Test Duration: 2.5 hrs

  1. Begin Advanced Stage Disease States Module
  2. Take Test