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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable the learner to understand the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).


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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify two (2) risk factors associated with GERD.
  2. Describe three (3) signs and symptoms associated with GERD.
  3. Identify one (1) non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment of GERD.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge about
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) by passing a quiz with a score of 85% or greater accuracy.


Debbie Flippin, RN, MBA

Debbie has over 40 years of nursing experience
specializing in end-of-life care, and chronic diseases. She has developed and implemented disease management programs for patients with chronic and life limiting conditions. Debbie has served in various positions within Home Health and Hospice, including case manager, team leader, Director of Professional Services, VP of Compliance and Regulation and Director of Accreditation. Debbie has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care, homecare and hospice offices, hospice inpatient unit, accreditation program and pediatric oncology. Debbie is committed to educating clinicians in chronic and end-of-life care and patient advocacy.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)


Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux, is a disease of the digestive system that can lead to serious complications if not recognized, treated, and monitored.  GERD is a life-long disease once it occurs and so may be encountered by the nurse working in the long-term care setting.  This educational activity provides a knowledge base for nurses to be able to competently care for individuals who exhibit GERD.

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