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CC09 Hematology: A&P and Red Blood Cells

Price: $25.00 CE: 1.00
This course is accessible until 1/1/2021
This course is also available in one or more course series.

This hematology course for nurses presents a brief overview of the structures and function of the hematologic system and the care and treatment of patients with diseases that arise from various blood disorders. Course content includes components of the blood and their functions, normal and abnormal hematologic conditions, and needed responses in the critical care setting. Also presented are several laboratory procedures and guidelines related to obtaining and processing blood and normal/abnormal level identification. This content is supported by two other courses: Hematology: White Blood Cells and Hematology: Maintaining Hemostasis and Immune Function. They are all a part of an educational program for Critical Care Nurses that addresses each body system.


AdventHealth University Division echelon is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. ANCC Provider Number P0348

echelon® is an approved CE provider by the Florida Board of Nursing.

AdventHealth University Division echelon is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number CPE16352.

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Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  1. Name the functions of the blood.
  2. Describe the anatomical structures of the hematologic system and their functions, including the bone marrow, liver, and spleen.
  3. Identify the cellular components of the hematological system and their functions, including stem cells, red blood cells, platelets, coagulation factors, plasma, and immunoglobulins.
  4. List the factors included in the clinical and laboratory assessment of the patient with hematologic disorders and their physical findings.
  5. Describe the physiology of red blood cells and explain the disorders of RBCs.
  6. Identify the factors included in the clinical assessment with the patient who has anemia and explain red blood cells indices found in anemic patients.
  7. Describe the pathophysiology, laboratory findings, and patient management of iron-deficiency anemia.
  8. Describe the pathophysiology, laboratory findings, and patient management of sickle cell anemia.

Qualified Planners/Faculty

P. Gage Gwyn, Ph.D., APRN-BC, CNS, OCN, FCN

Priscilla "Gage" Gwyn is an adult oncology nurse practitioner at the Ambulatory Infusion Center at AdventHealth in Greater Orlando (formerly Florida Hospital).  Dr. Gwyn received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the SUNY Brockport College of Nursing in New York and her Master of Science in nursing with Adult Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist certificates from Duke University College of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina.  She then received her PhD in Nursing from the Barry University, Division of Nursing, in Miami Shores, Florida.  She has lectured on the care of patients with hematologic malignancies and has initiated, coordinated, and facilitated monthly support groups at several practice locations in Florida.  She is nationally published and is a current member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Society of NeuroOncology, and Greater Orlando Hematology Oncology Physician Extenders.


This author has disclosed that there are neither conflicts of interest nor commercial affiliation with this activity.

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Completion Requirements: To receive continuing education credit commensurate with the credit awarded for this on-line activity, the participant must:

  • View all modules
  • Participate and pass all learning checks
  • Pass the Post Test(s) with a minimum score of 80%
  • Complete and submit the on-line evaluation

Certificates of Completion: will be available to print immediately upon finishing the completion requirements. You are encouraged to print and save your certificate for your portfolio as required by your licensing body. Interdisciplinary accredited activities, activities having multiple accreditors, will be listed individually on the Certificate of Completion.

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