1h 30m

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.

15 Aug 2017

Learning Outcomes


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



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. -- 18 Mar 2018
Very informative and easy to understand and apply. -- 06 Mar 2018
I have received a comprehensive introduction to the most common electrolyte disturbances that present in patients within my clinical environment. -- 01 Mar 2018
Very informative -- 10 Jan 2018

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.