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Current Listing of Continuing Education Courses for Nurses
CURRENT DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPEUTIC STRATEGIES FOR VAGINITIS
Marjorie Young, DNP, RN, IBCLC, FNP-BC
At the completion of this continuing education module, the participant will be able to:
1. Discuss the pathophysiology of vaginitis.
2. Discuss the negative impact of vaginitis on health and quality of life.
3. Identify risk factors for developing vaginitis.
4. Describe the diagnostic techniques for vaginitis.
5. Identify and differentiate the most common types of vaginitis.
6. Describe the diagnostic strategies to differentiate between the different types of vaginitis.
7. Discuss current medication, complementary, and alternative therapies for vaginitis.
Vaginal symptoms are one of the leading reasons that women seek medical care via their primary care provider, gynecologist, urgent care center, or emergency department. Self-diagnosis and treatment lead to inappropriate and under treatment of vaginal infections. The four most common causes of vaginitis consists of atopic vaginitis, bacterial vaginosis, candida vulvovaginitis, and trichomoniasis. The purpose of this module is to provide nurse practitioners with the current information on vaginitis consisting of the pathophysiology, symptomology, risk factors, negative health impacts, and diagnostic techniques along with strategies for treatment including medication, complementary and alternative therapies.