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Digital Seminar

Gastrointestinal Conditions and Diseases: Assessments & Treatments

Patricia Ryan, RN, MSN, ANP-BC
6 Hours 07 Minutes
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  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Pancreatic Disorders
  • Colon Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Lab tests
  • Symptom Management

Gastrointestinal tract conditions and diseases affect millions of people of all ages—men, women and children. There are a variety of other illnesses that initially present one way, but then exacerbate into a secondary illness - a GI illness. These conditions and diseases affect the everyday functioning of your patients. Your ability to provide the proper assessment and treatment as soon as possible is vital.

Our speaker, Patricia Ryan, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, will explain evidence-based assessments and treatment strategies for a variety of common and complex gastroenterological conditions. She will review relevant diagnoses, pathophysiology and treatments. Additionally, the lab tests and interpretations associated with the gastrointestinal tract will be discussed.

Nobody will argue the importance of the gastrointestinal system to one’s health. Understanding this vital system of the human body is essential to the successful care of your patients. Through this seminar, you will gain a clear understanding of the interrelatedness of all the organs associated with the GI tract. You will also learn about the interconnectedness of nutrition to the proper care of the GI tract and the health of the patient. Attend this seminar and improve the care you provide to your patients!




NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards

Nurses - California (Self-Study)

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 13305 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurses - Florida (Self-Study)

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

** Florida Participants Only: To automatically be reported to CE Broker, after completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, please contact You will need to provide the full title of the activity, speaker name, date of live broadcast, your name and your license number in the email.

Nurses - Iowa (Self-Study)

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 7.6 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.3 self-study continuing education credits.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 6.25 continuing competency hours.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 CE credit hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 7.6 contact hours.

Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians, Registered (Self-Study)

PESI, Inc., PE001, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) (please check our website for current approval period). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 6.0 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this self-study program/materials. Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials. This self-study program/material is designated as LEVEL: 2.

Θ Other Professions (Self-Study)

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



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Independent Nurse Practitioner

PATRICIA RYAN, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, has diverse healthcare experiences to draw from.  She has worked as a hospitalist, ER provider, on a medical/surgical floor, as an outpatient provider in a multi-disciplinary clinic and now restarted her “house call” practice in Palm Springs, California.  Throughout the variety of work settings and roles she has served in, Patty has continued to care for patients with anxiety and depression.  She looks forward to drawing from her accumulated insights and the latest highlights from literature to provide you with new strategies to better assist your own patients.

In addition to her active clinical practice, Patty enjoys educating others.  She is a sought after national presenter for interdisciplinary healthcare audiences, sharing her expertise on a variety of topics.  Patty remains on faculty at the University of Phoenix and earned the Educator of the Year award for her work with the American Heart Association in 2013.

Target Audience

Nurses, Gastroenterology Nurses, Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians, Physician Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist and other Healthcare Professionals



Oropharyngeal Disorders

  • Tonsils
    • Tonsillar problems in children
  • Strep
    • Consequences of untreated strep
  • Angioedema
    • Medication interactions


  • Achalasia
  • Thrush
    • Impact on the GI system
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Swallowing Disorders
    • Odynophagia
    • Globus
    • Oropharyngeal dysphagia
    • Esophageal dysphagia

Hepatitis C

  • Transmission/Risk
  • Differentiating serologic versus viral testing
  • Current and future treatment options

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

  • Current therapies and OTC therapies
  • Medicating vs not medicating
  • Complications related to persistent reflux

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Manning Criteria
  • Red flags and warning signs
  • Complex treatment plan strategies

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

  • Clinical and laboratory features
  • Who is at risk?
  • Lab test results
  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Approaches to care

Small Intestines

  • Celiac Disease
  • Design a treatment plan

Pancreatic Disorders

  • Acute
  • Chronic
  • Treatment for minor to severe presentations
  • Long term management

Constipation & Diarrhea

  • What patients are at risk?
  • Treatments

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Ulcerative colitis symptoms
  • Crohn’s disease symptoms
  • Difference in treating these two disorders
  • Treatment modalities
  • Collagenous colitis

Diverticular Disease

  • Treatment
  • Medical and dietary strategies

Colon Cancer

  • Importance of early diagnosis and proper screening
  • Duke Staging
  • Once cancer is present, how it stages
  • 5 year prognosis
  • Colonoscopy
  • How, what and why to tell patients


  • Complications and long term problems
  • Current therapies

Understanding the Lab Test Results

  • Liver Function Test
  • Easily read labs tests and interpret them
  • GGT
  • GGT and ETOH use
  • Bilirubin
  • Lab test results don’t match the patient’s clinical appearance?


  • Who is at risk?
  • What organs does it affect




  • Explain the importance of early diagnosis in strep pharyngitis and the consequences of a late diagnosis or non-treatment in the pediatric population.
  • List the causes and latest therapy for esophageal varices.
  • Summarize the prevalence, transmission, testing and current treatment options for Hepatitis C.
  • Describe the lifestyle modifications and medications for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
  • List the lab tests used to diagnose Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) from other similar GI presentations.
  • Define the long term sequelae of IBD and the current recommendations for treatment.
  • Identify the importance of differentiating the 2 types of acute pancreatitis and the current pharmacologic therapies recommended as treatment.
  • Describe the role of pain management in chronic pancreatitis.
  • Differentiate treatment therapies between Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.
  • Utilize the newest therapies for gastroparesis.
  • Explain the lab tests needed to differentiate the various GI diseases.





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