1h 30m
Darren Wake
15 Aug 2017

Introduction to Common Electrolyte Abnormalities

This Course provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the science of the two most common electrolytes, sodium and potassium, and their main functions in the body. Common problems associated with electrolyte abnormalities are examined and treatment options are discussed.


Discuss sodium and potassium electrolyte abnormalities


Identify common complaints or symptoms which might indicate these electrolyte abnormalities


Explain the nursing assessment and care of these common electrolyte abnormalities


Describe potential treatments of sodium and potassium abnormalities



31 May 2018
interesting topic
31 May 2018
the educator was good.
30 May 2018
A lot of new information for me.
28 May 2018
Very informative
26 May 2018
Very succinct and informative.
24 May 2018
I enjoyed this course ,it was so informative and it is the learning that l need for my job.Every content was clearly explained and understood.
22 May 2018
Monotone speaker whom you can hear breathing! Very distracting
20 May 2018
Had to rewind the video a few times to get my head around this but it is a complicated subject. Good info for the RN on acute ward.
19 May 2018
A solid refresher
17 May 2018
Very informative VLA
04 May 2018
03 May 2018
Very interesting
18 Mar 2018
This course was excellent. It was thorough, well scaffolded and relevant to my nursing practice. I also liked the fact that the presenter related this theory to real life common situations encountered in healthcare as this made it more real and easier to understand and place into my mental schema.
06 Mar 2018
Very informative and easy to understand and apply.
01 Mar 2018
I have received a comprehensive introduction to the most common electrolyte disturbances that present in patients within my clinical environment.
10 Jan 2018
Very informative

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • The science and pathophysiology behind the most common of the electrolytes: sodium and potassium
  • Disease mechanisms that lead to abnormal levels
  • How to identify the signs and symptoms associated with electrolyte disturbances
  • Nursing assessment and interventions, including the identification of risk factors
  • Common medical interventions

Target audience

All health professionals, but those practising in the following fields may find it of particular relevance:

  • Acute care
  • Aged care
  • Community care
  • Critical care
  • Emergency care


Review and introduce the theoretical and practical basis of sodium and potassium disturbances, and explain their causes, assessment and treatment.


Electrolyte disturbances are a surprisingly common occurrence in the healthcare system, in particular, sodium and potassium. Both these electrolyte disturbances pose severe health risks to patients. Treatment protocols are well established, but for them to be effective it is essential that health professionals are able to identify and understand the mechanisms that mediate these disturbances, how they manifest, and the means by which they can be treated. Therefore, all health professionals need to have a working knowledge of the most common electrolyte disturbances they may encounter.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.