Fast Facts about GI and Liver Diseases for Nurses

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Fast Facts about GI and Liver Diseases for Nurses

SKU# 9780826117243

What APRNs Need to Know in a Nutshell

Author: Amanda Chaney MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC

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The only resource of its kind, this concise, practical guide to GI and liver disease delivers current information on diagnosing, managing, and treating common GI and liver disorders, along with providing liver transplant guidelines. Written for nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in varied specialties, it fills a gap in information needed by primary and acute care professionals who are the chief caretakers for GI and liver patients. This guide delivers information on recent important treatment advances that have revolutionized GI and liver care and provides guidance for seeking expert advice or urgent/emergent care for more complex cases. The “Fast Facts in a Nutshell” feature highlights key takeaway points throughout the text.

The resource reviews common GI symptoms and disorders from irritable bowel disorders (including key differences between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) to gallstones and GERD. A section on liver disease describes essential liver functions, reviews liver function tests, and addresses commonly and less commonly seen liver disease diagnoses. Complications of cirrhosis are examined to ensure prompt recognition of these potentially deadly symptoms. Additionally, the book addresses liver transplantation with comprehensive attention to the evaluation process, organ donation/allocation, and post-transplant care for donor and recipient alike. Each chapter includes an overview, significant laboratory or imaging findings, treatment options, expected outcomes, and IDC-10 codes for billing and reimbursement.

Key Features

  • Provides speedy access to current information on diagnosing, managing, and treating common GI and liver disorders for frontline professionals
  • Includes a comprehensive review of the liver, abnormal liver function tests (LFTs), and transplantation
  • Reflects up-to-date information on the latest treatment guidelines for gastrointestinal and liver disease, including celiac disease and hepatitis C
  • Addresses common gastrointestinal diseases and guidelines for treatment as outlined by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
  • Discusses current liver disease management and guidelines for treatment as outlined by American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 16, 2016
  • Page Count 224
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826117243
  • EISBN 9780826117496

About The Author(s) 

Amanda Chaney, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC , is a nurse practitioner in Jacksonville, FL with over 15 years’ experience in caring for hospitalized patients. She currently cares for liver transplant and hepatology patients and is a preceptor/mentor for ARNP and PA students, medical students and residents on their hepatology rotation. Ms. Chaney is a sought-after speaker for many national conferences, presenting on topics of liver disease, sepsis, and nursing professionalism and leadership. She has been primary author on numerous manuscripts and has been a PI for several research studies. She also serves as a journal reviewer for Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) and Journal for Nurse Practitioners (JNP). Additionally, Ms. Chaney has been an abstract reviewer for the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) for their annual conference. She received several awards for exemplary nursing practice including being recently named as one of 19 nurse practitioners (NPs) from across the country to be a part of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Leadership Program. She serves in quality improvement projects focusing on improving patient care and building revenue and organization to the advance practice provider practice. She is an active member of several professional societies including AANP, FNPN), AASLD, and ITNS. Ms. Chaney serves on the Board of Directors for her local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and as the Chair of the Leadership Succession committee. She is active on the education committees of both AASLD and ITNS.

Table of Contents 



Part I: Assessment of Common Gastrointestinal Symptoms

1. Abdominal Assessment, Labs, Imaging, and Differential Diagnosis

2. Nausea and Vomiting

3. Abdominal Pain

4. Constipation

5. Diarrhea

Part II: Common GI Disorders

6. Celiac Disease

7. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

8. Food Intolerances or Allergies

9. Inflammatory Bowel Disease

10. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

11. Peptic Ulcer Disease

12. Diverticular Disease

13. Gallstones

14. Gastrointestinal Cancers

Part III: Liver Disease

15. Assessment of Liver Function and Abnormal Liver Function Tests

16. Causes of Liver Disease

17. Viral Hepatitis

18. Fatty Liver Disease

19. Autoimmune Liver Disease

20. Acute Liver Failure

Part IV: Cirrhosis and Its Complications

21. Cirrhosis

22. Ascites/Fluid Retention

23. Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis

24. Gastrointestinal Bleeding

25. Hepatic Encephalopathy

26. Hepatorenal Syndrome

27. Hepatopulmonary Syndrome

28. Hepatocellular Carcinoma

29. Malnutrition/Vitamin Deficiencies

Part V: Liver Transplantation

30. Transplant Recipient Considerations

31. Transplant Donor Considerations

32. Posttransplant Care


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