Course Overview and Target Audience:

The Certified Bariatric Nurse Review Course is designed for licensed Registered Nurses (RN) who have been involved in the nursing care of patients with obesity, for a minimum of two years, and are preparing to take the Certification Exam. Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: Describe morbid obesity and the history of weight loss surgery. Review clinical management for four weight loss surgery procedures. Define team collaboration, program administration and outreach related to the management of morbid obesity. Discuss strategies for successful test taking.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify signs and symptoms of complications following bariatric surgery.
  2. Participants will be able to apply evidence-based recommendations when educating patients about diet and nutritional supplements following bariatric surgery.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss pharmacological interventions for the treatment of obesity.

8:00am Sleeve Gastrectomy
Karen Flanders, MSN CNP
8:45am Positioning the Bariatric Patient in the OR
Barbara Lawrence, RN MEd
9:30am Break
10:00am Psychological Aspects related to Bariatrics
Paul Davidson, PhD
11:00am History of Weight Loss Surgery
Ken MacDonald, MD
12:00pm Adjourn