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Thank you!  I look forward to learning how to teach these topics better... or at least with a little more flair for my students!  Thank you for your inspiration.



They are very popular here in our Nursing Dept at Red Deer College.  Students and Faculty LOVE the Neuro for the Not So Neuro Minded. I can hardly keep them in my office.  I have now also asked our Resource Committee to buy a selection for our library. 

I have had my in law’s watch the Diabetes Update set as my mother in law was newly diagnosed.  My father in law, a very cynical family physician who rarely approves anything LOVES them!  

Thank you for making the topic interesting and understandable in a way so that my 17 year old son watched the Neuro set with me and he loved them.  He was able to talk to me about his grandma and her stroke and know exactly where in the brain it occurred and the significance to her speech issues as a result. (By the way he thinks you are “cool and hilarious!”) 

My office partner took the Diabetes set home for her husband to watch, he now ensures that he takes his Metformin at night and has had great success with keeping his glucose level where it is supposed to be! (After his wife’s nagging and harassing,  all it took was your video!!…Liz would have borrowed them sooner!)

You simplify things that appear so complex so that any one can understand! That is awesome!

Kathy Regehr RN

Red Deer College


Dear Barb,

I have received all the DVDs now; I am watching at least one copy every day, since I received them.
They are excellent DVDs and it is difficult to resist rushing to go through watching them, even when I come home tired from work some days. They will certainly be a very valuable addition to my personal library of nursing DVDs and books.

Thank you, thank you so very much.!!!!!


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The Aging Heart (The Old Ticker) 

The majority of patients with cardiovascular disease are individuals over the age of 65. Barb will discuss how the process of senescence affects the cardiovascular system as we age—cardiac output, heart rate (SA node), stroke volume, response to epinephrine...and more..Almost all of your questions will be answered...but here are some that will definitely be answered:

  • What is the role of troponin in diagnosing an acute coronary syndrome?

  • What are the new "game changing" drugs for heart failure?

  • What is the role of the thyroid gland in heart disease?

  • What is the risk of having a heart attack during sex?

  • What is the difference between systolic and diastolic heart failure?

  • What rare the body's compensatory mechanisms in heart failure?

  • What are the risk factors for heart disease as we age?

  • What are some pharmaceutical pearls from the following drugs? ACE inhibitors, NTC, Calcium channel blockers, ASA, clopidogrel, heparin, statins, beta blockers, estrogen, synthroid, spironolactone, dig, anticoagulants, and NSAIDS.  Summer 2016



Autoimmune Disease—Self vs. Non-Self

The overall number of cases of autoimmune diseases is rising for unknown reasons. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that 23.5 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. It is estimated that 80-100 diseases occur as a result of autoimmune responses. Women represent 80% of people diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. Barb will explain the normal healthy immune response and follow up with a discussion of what can go wrong—when the immune system attacks one or more of the body's normal constituents as if they were foreign. When the immune system fails to recognize "self" it may produce autoantibodies that target its own cells, tissues, and/or organs. Those attacks result in inflammation and subsequent tissue damage that lead to autoimmune disorders. Barb will discuss all of the “old” therapies and will emphasize the newer therapies that have revolutionized the treatment of many autoimmune disorders. A discussion of how lab tests can be used to diagnose and follow treatment will be included. Autoimmune diseases to be included: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Myasthenia Gravis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Grave’s disease, Crohn disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjögren Syndrome, and more… Fall 2016



"AW, That’s Just Because They’re Old…"

This DVD is the perfect introduction to Geriatrics.  Many “complaints” in our older population tend to be dismissed as “old age”…when, in fact, those “complaints” could be caused by the side effects of numerous drugs, or the “complaints” could actually be a clinical disease process that can be diagnosed and treated. “Barb, my muscles and joints are killin’ me…” Could this simply be muscle aches and pains of “aging” or are the muscle aches and pains due to a drug reaction, a vitamin D deficiency, or a thyroid disorder? Is this patient’s memory loss due to the “stacking effect” of the anti-cholinergic properties of the 12 drugs they are taking, or does this patient have mild cognitive impairment? Is this older patient dehydrated because of the loss of body water due to the aging process or is this patient on a myriad of drugs that lead to dehydration? Barb will sort through these and other case scenarios that will make your students and staff THINK twice about saying…”AW, that’s just because they’re old…” Fall 2015





The Big C—Pathophysiology of Cancer

This seminar provides an update and overview on the pathophysiology of cancer–how it starts, how it spreads, the role of embryology, the role of oncogenes, the role of the environment (viruses {HPV, HBV, HCV)}, bacteria {H. pylori}, hormones, chemicals, radiation, etc.) as well as many other facts and tidbits about the growth and differentiation of cells. The terms regeneration, hyperplasia, metaplasia, and dysplasia will also be explained as will the role of inflammation. Tumor markers and their use for diagnostic purposes will also be included. New drugs and old drugs will be discussed—monoclonal antibodies, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, Neupogen and Neuolasta and more. Specific cancers to be discussed include breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, hematologic malignancies, brain tumors and GI cancers. This seminar is full of clinical pearls and quips about the big C. Spring 2014




The Biological Clock—Implications for Clinical Practice

In this most fascinating seminar, Barb discusses the medical and nursing implications of the 24-hour body clock. Barb starts at the midnight hour and discusses, hour by hour, what the body clock does to maintain your health. This seminar will answer many questions including:

  • Why should the statins be given either with the evening meal or at bedtime?

  • Why is metformin, when given once daily, more effective if given in the evening?

  • How does Lithium reset the biological clock in individuals with Bipolar illness?

  • When is your sense of smell the highest? (In other words, when do you NOT want to change a smelly wound dressing?)

  • Why are most thrombotic events in the morning? (myocardial infarctions and thrombotic strokes?)

  • Why does evening GERD trigger nighttime asthma? 

  • When do most people have a bowel movement?

  • What is the Dawn phenomenon?

  • Are you a “dipper” or a “non-dipper”? When should blood pressure drugs be given? Should aspirin be given in the morning or at night?

  • When is nocturia (nighttime bathroom visits) clinically important?

  • Are you a lark, owl, or hummingbird? Why do larks always marry owls?

  • What are the effects of shift work on the biological clock? Who has the “best clock” to work shifts? What drug is approved for “shift work disorder”?

  • How does daylight savings time shift your rhythms?

  • Should you bet on a team that travels WEST to play the game or a team that travels EAST to play a game? What does jet lag do to the body?

  • What are the costs of shift work for the employer? Spring 2017




Clinical Focus on Pharmacology Fall 2014



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Clinical Focus Full set


Day 1

Part 1

Pharmaco—Everything (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, genetics, geriatrics)

This 3-hour introduction to Pharmacology covers not only the basics of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics but also the genetic predisposition to drug effects and side effects. Barb discusses the various routes of administration as well as how fast drugs are absorbed based on the route of administration. The major role of the liver in drug metabolism is emphasized including the CYP 450 enzyme system. For example, tamoxifen is metabolized to a more active drug by the enzyme,CYP 2D4; however, if a drug that inhibits CYP 2D4, such as paroxetine (Paxil), is prescribed at the same time, the action of tamoxifen is reduced by 50%. The small intestine also plays a major role in drug metabolism via the action of CYP3A4. Grapefruit inhibits this specific enzyme and drugs are absorbed with a higher bioavailability—and can exhibit toxic side effects. The kidneys excrete 95% of all drugs—a reduction in the glomerular filtration rate requires dosage reductions in most drugs. Geriatric patients are most prone to a reduction in the glomerular filtration rate and thus requires a reduction in dose. What’s the difference between Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin XL, and Wellbutrin SR? This session includes a plethora of clinical pearls that will have you saying..."Wow! I didn’t know that!" (Disk 1: 1 hour 55 minutes, Disk 2: 56 minutes)


Part 2

Drugs for Inflammation and Immunity

A discussion of the inflammatory response—drugs that trigger neutropenia, drugs the stimulate neutrophil production (colony stimulating factors—Neupogen/Neulasta); drugs that inhibit neutrophil function including corticosteroids; drugs that inhibit various function of the immune system- methotrexate, hydroxychlorine/Plaquenil, tacrolimus/Prograf, etanercept/Enbrel, azathioprine/Imuran, etc....anti-pyretics time to reduce fever; discussion of various NSAIDS—properties and doses; immunoglobulins, drugs to reduce allergic symptoms—oral antihistamines, nasal antihistamines/nasal steroids, anti- leukotrienes, anti-IgE monoclonal antibodies. (1 hour 4 minutes)


Part 3

Drugs and the GI Tract

GERD drugs—proton pump inhibitors (the "prazoles"—mechanism of action, side effects including B12 deficiency, iron deficiency anemia, risk of foodborne illnesses); the H2 blockers (the "tidines"—why are they best taken before bedtime?); a dopamine inhibitor in the GI tract (metaclopramide/Reglan/Maxeran) for GERD and gastroparesis; Drugs for irritable bowel syndrome (both IBS-C and IBS-D); Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease—corticosteroids, methotrexate, TNF-alpha inhibitors including infliximab/Remicade, adalimumab/Humira and the aminosalicylates—sulfasalazines, mesalmines, cyclosporine; Drugs for diarrhea; Drugs for constipation (laxatives—osmotic, bulk-forming, stimulants, stool softeners) and the chloride-channel activators including the newly approved linoclotide/Linzess). (52 minutes)


Day 1 includes parts 1–3 Total 4 discs.

Clinical Focus Day 1

Day 2

Part 1

Historical Highlights—the use of plants as anti-depressants, anxiolytics, hypnotics, and hallucinogens— KAVA, Valerian, St. John’s Wort, Peyote, poppy seeds, hemp, and magic mushrooms; Neurotransmitters and their functions—acetylcholine, norepinephrine, serotonin, glutamate, GABA, and dopamine—Too much? Too little? Drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease and Restless Leg Syndrome, Tardive dyskinesia, depression, ADHD, psychosis, dementia, acute migraine headaches, sleep, anxiety, and alcohol withdrawal; SSRIs and other classes of antidepressants, typical and atypical antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines, botox, medical marijuana, lithium, cholinesterase inhibitors.
(Disk 1: 1 hour 55 minutes, Disk 2: 55 minutes)


Part 2

Hormonal Chaos
The functions of estrogen; understanding the hypothalamic- pituitary-ovarian axis; drugs that mimic the functions of GnRH–Leuprolide(Lupron, Eligard) etc; Hormone Replacement Therapy—for who, when, & how long—current evidence-based medicine; combined oral contraceptives—risks and benefits in pre- and peri-menopausal women; St. John’s Wort and oral contraceptives; a note on bio-identical hormones; SERMS including tamoxifen, etc; androgen:anabolic steroids for low T; androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer; erythropoietin stimulating agents for legal and illegal uses; the bisphosphonates for osteoporosis.
(1 hour 47 minutes)


Day 2 includes parts 1–2 total 3 discs

Clinical Focus Day 2

Day 3

Part 1

Cardiovascular Drugs

This workshop simplifies the maze of information related to cardiac medications. Develop a clear understanding how the various classes of cardiac medications differ. What do you need to know about the new cardiac medications (Brilinta, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Eliquis, Livalo)? Review the relationship between Vitamin D deficiency and muscle pain from lipid lowering drugs. We will cover herbal remedies that interfere with the action of several cardiac medications. (Disk 1: 1 hour 56 minutes, Disk 2: 1 hour 4 minutes)


Part 2

Respiratory Drugs

Come to this session and inhale current concepts about the most common respiratory medications. Do you have a clear understanding of the various classifications of respiratory medications? Do you know the difference between a DPI and MDI? Which respiratory medications require oral rinsing after each use to prevent infection? Are you comfortable using capnography to minimize respiratory complications? Do you know how to teach your patients simple techniques in energy conservation in order to maximize the efficacy of their respiratory medications? Strategies will be demonstrated and participants will have time to practice. (1 hour 15 minutes)


Day 3 includes parts 1–2 total 3 discs

Clinical Focus Day 3


Day 4

Part 1

Diabetes Drugs

Definitions of various types of diabetes—Type 1A, Type 1B, and Type 2. Hemoglobin A1C targets for oral drugs and insulin therapies; Metformin, and sulfonylureas, the gliptins, the incretin mimetics (liraglutide/Victoza) the "glitazone", the "flozins", rapid-acting insulins vs. daily basal insulins (insulin glargine/Lantus; insulin detemir/Levemir), newly approved inhaled insulin (Afrezza); other drugs used in diabetics—statins as anti-inflammatory drugs and cholesterol-lowering drugs; the ACE inhibitors for nephroprotection; bariatric surgery as a "cure" for type 2 diabetes. (1 hour 18 minutes)


Part 2

Drugs for Bugs and New Drugs for Cancer

Anti-infective drugs for bugs—the plethora of antibiotic classes will be listed and their various targets will be described—gram negative, gram positive; anti-viral drugs, anti-herpetic drugs (the ‘cyclovirs’), anti-fungal drugs (the ‘conazoles’ and others) will be discussed, as will vaccines. Anti-retroviral drugs for HIV and for HCV will also be discussed. Targeted drug therapy has finally arrived for numerous malignancies—the monoclonal antibodies (the ‘mabs’) have revolutionized the treatment of cancer as have the ‘nibs’, the oral tyrosine kinase inhibitors. (1 hour 55 minutes)


Day 4 includes parts 1–2 total 2 discs

Clinical Focus Day 4




Diabetes—It's Complicated

Barb takes you on a trip down the Diabetic memory lane—old names, old tests, and old treatments. She emphasizes what’s new in the pathophysiology of Type 2 diabetes—it’s NOT just the traditional 3 underlying mechanisms of insulin resistance, beta cell dysfunction, increased hepatic glucose production—there are 5 more processes that contribute to Type 2 diabetes—accelerated lipolysis in the fat cells, incretin resistance/deficiency in the small intestine, hyperglucagonemia (alpha cell failure), increased glucose absorption by the proximal convoluted tubule of the kidney, and insulin resistance in the brain (reducing the feeling of satiety and contributing to dementia of the Alzheimer’s type)...YIKES...so yes! It’s complicated! We now have 10 classes of oral drugs, 3 types of injectable drugs, and even weight-loss surgery to treat T2DM. Type 1 diabetes will also be discussed—pathophysiology, basal-bolus insulin, and the prevention of long-term complications. Long-term complications will be discussed for Type 2 diabetes as well. Lab tests will be described and discussed. This is a MUST see DVD for all healthcare professionals caring for the diabetic patient today. Total time: 6 hours Fall 2016





Different Strokes for Different Folks

In this one day seminar, Barb discusses the latest information on stroke diagnosis and treatment, focusing on the classic clinical presentation for both hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes for various age groups. The lecture starts with a review of functional neuroanatomy correlated with the anterior and posterior blood supply. Barb provides a comprehensive overview of modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors and discusses the treatment and prevention of the modifiable risk factors for both hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes. Also discussed is the NIHSS Stroke Scale as it relates to the assessment of the acute stroke patient. Barb demonstrates techniques used for the neurological exam of a patient with a stroke, emphasizing evaluation and subsequent treatment based on that evaluation. Acute emergency treatment for hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes and chronic treatment protocols and nursing care are also covered. Summer 2012


Endocrine Update and Overview—Hormonal Chaos

It’s all about “too much or too little” in the world of endocrinology. Barb discusses the hypothalamus and it’s myriad of functions—sleep, sex, temperature regulation, onset of puberty, body rhythms, appetite, satiety, sexual orientation and more…Clinical correlations include drugs and the hypothalamus (aspirin, acetaminophen, diet pills, sleeping pills, gonadotropin-releasing hormones) as well as primary, secondary, and tertiary diseases of the hypothalamus. The hypothalamic-pituitary-target organ (thyroid, adrenal gland, gonads) axis will be discussed as well as clinical conditions involved with each target organ. Clinical conditions include hypopituitarism, hyper-and hypothyroidism, hyper-and hypoparathyroidism, Cushing’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome, Addison’s disease, primary ovarian failure and primary testicular failure, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, cancers of the endocrine system, and dysfunction of the endocrine portion of the pancreas (hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia). The concept of negative feedback will also be discussed and correlated with various types of tests used to diagnose endocrine function and dysfunction. Barb will also discuss the treatment of all of the above conditions. Drugs to be discussed include the various hormonal therapies for endocrine cancers, the types of glucocorticoids and their potency profile, metformin, levothyroxine, androgen, and estrogen replacement therapies. Spring 2013



ESTROGEN: Friend or Foe

Estrogen, the “female” hormone, has over 300 functions in practically all body tissues—including the brain, the hypothalamus, the bones, the breasts, the uterus, the skin, the immune system, the clotting system, and even adipose tissue. In this presentation, Barb discusses the myriad of functions and correlates them with clinical examples, as well as presenting the role of estrogen in pregnancy, in puberty, in peri-menopause, and as a replacement hormone in postmenopausal women. Estrogen plays an obvious role in autoimmune disease, as 75% of all patients with autoimmune disease are women. Estrogen plays an obvious role in breast cancer, as 99% of all breast cancer patients are women. Estrogen fluctuations play an obvious role in migraine headaches as 60% are referred to as “menstrual” migraines. Estrogen deficiency is a well-known risk factor for osteoporosis. What are the symptoms of the lack of estrogen in the postmenopausal female and how can those symptoms be alleviated? What are the pros and cons of hormone therapy—based on the current evidence-based medicine? Fall 2014

This estrogen update is a must for all women interested in the role of estrogen in health and disease.



Evaluation & Assessment of the School-aged Child

In this presentation, Barb covers various stages of growth and development from the six- to the 18-year-old. It includes a helpful discussion of the “teen-age” brain, which undergoes a major transformation between the ages of 13 and twenty-five. A conversation about mirror neurons helps explain why a kid who bullies becomes an adult who bullies and is most likely to have been raised by a person who bullied, why child abusers beget child abusers, and the theory that autistic children have “broken” mirrors. In addition, she covers the assessment of various clinical conditions that school nurses may encounter—sore throats, abdominal pain, head injuries, signs and symptoms of child abuse, kids with celiac disease, mono, respiratory conditions including the common causes of cough in kids, evaluating the child with asthma, pneumonia, allergic rhinitis, abdominal pain, hypo and hyperglycemia, allergic reactions, and recognizing partial complex seizures (the most common seizure disorder in the world, and the least diagnosed). Barb will also discuss normal vital signs—weight, BP, pulses and respirations and various conditions that change the normal parameters. Summer 2014



Geriatric Gems—Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Assessment Pearls

This one-day seminar provides an in-depth discussion of essential aspects of caring for the geriatric patient. Physiologic changes with aging are correlated with physical assessment findings as well as side effects of common drugs used in the aging population. An emphasis on neurologic function includes peripheral neuropathies, dementia and delirium, movement disorders and the special senses. Type 2 diabetes and thyroid dysfunction are covered in the Endocrine System. Reproductive changes are gender specific and include causes of erectile dysfunction in the male and menopausal changes in the female. Cardiovascular diseases include coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis as well as hypertension and CHF. Respiratory function briefly covers COPD and other age related changes in lung function. The effect of NSAIDS in the GI system is emphasized as are the common causes of constipation in the elderly population. The effect of a decreased glomerular filtration rate and drug excretion is correlated with side effects and drug toxicity. This lecture is presented in Barb's characteristically humorous fashion and is a must for anyone working with and caring for Geriatric patients. It truly is a "GEM" of a lecture. Spring 2014



Heart Matters—All Things Cardiac

This one day seminar focuses on “all things cardiac”—risk factors for cardiovascular disease—the usual suspects (hypercholesterolemia, obesity, hyperlipidemia, smoking, diabetes, metabolic syndrome) and the “not-so-usual” risk factors (autoimmune diseases, long-term cocaine/meth use, PCOS, depression, thyroid disease), cardiovascular assessment (HR, BP, peripheral pulses, landmarks and heart sounds, heart murmurs), cardiovascular drugs (beta blockers, thiazide and loop diuretics, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, Calcium channel blockers, anti-coagulants, anti-platelet drugs, anti-arrhythmic drugs), and diagnostic testing (BNP, cardiac enzymes, troponin, hs-CRP, cholesterol and lipid-profile). Gender differences in ACS (acute coronary syndrome) presentation and treatment will also be discussed. Barb will also discuss clinical cardiac conditions including Chronic Heart Failure, Hypertension and end-organ disease, atrial fibrillation, valvular heart disease, and cardiomyopathies. Spring 2013




Immunology Simplified—From AIDS to ZZZZZZZZZ

Barb has taken a complex topic and simplified it to the point that IMMUNOLOGY can actually be FUN! She starts with the 3 major principles of the immune system—recognition of self vs. non-self, selectivity and specificity, and memory. She explains what can go right, and what can go wrong with each major principle—eg, autoimmune disease, monoclonal antibodies for numerous conditions, and how long vaccines actually last in our immune "memory bank."

A discussion about the immune system is never complete without explaining the role of acute and chronic inflammation. The neutrophils ("segs") and the macrophages will be discussed in all of their glory, with particular emphasis on the role of the macrophage as the "bridge" between the inflammatory response and the immune response.

The two arms of the immune system are described—1) the innate or nonspecific response and, 2) the acquired or adaptive response. The innate response includes barrier defenses, the pH of body fluids, and the inflammatory response, whereas the adaptive/acquired response is all about the B and T lymphocytes and their respective antibody and cytokine production. Learn about the IgAs, IgMs, IgGs, and IgEs, the interleukins, the interferons, and tumor necrosis factor alpha. Barb will correlate all of the above with hypersensitivity diseases that are classified as Types I through IV—allergies, anaphylaxis, asthma, MS, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, type 1 Diabetes, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and contact dermatitis. She will also discuss the drugs that are used to treat immune system diseases. And last, but not least—Barb will discuss how sleep, food, sex, humor, and exercise influence the immune system.
Fall 2016






Interpretation of Lab Tests

Barb Bancroft's approach to interpreting lab tests is a "must hear" for nurses in all areas and nurses at all levels. You will leave the seminar with a plethora of practical pearls that can be applied to your patients in the hospital, in the primary care facility, or in the ICU. The WBC and differential is discussed as it relates to viral infections, bacterial infections, and parasitic infections. Iron deficiency anemias will be differentiated from B12 and folic acid anemias—and, Barb will give you some helpful hints for patients with lead as a cause of anemia. The lipid profile will be discussed as will liver function tests and clinical correlations. Barb will also correlate various drugs with their effects on lab tests, including chemotherapy, antibiotics, statins, and other lipid-lowering agents. Spring 2017




Interpretation of Lab Tests with a Pharmaceutical Focus

White counts, liver function tests, TSH, electrolytes, platelets, serum creatinine...how do drugs change the interpretation of lab tests in a patient and how do we monitor specific drugs based on lab test changes? What drugs cause low sodium? Can prescription drugs as well as complementary therapies wreak havoc with potassium levels? What should the sed rate do when antibiotic treatment is initiated? What drugs "kill" the thyroid? A myriad of drugs induce direct liver injury—what are the most common prescription and non-prescription drugs that cause liver damage? What drugs and supplements affect lipid metabolism? What should the TSH do once a patient begins thyroid replacement? Why do ACE inhibitors increase the serum creatinine? Which lab test should be used to monitor muscle aches and pains in patients on "statin" therapy? What drugs are notorious for reducing platelet counts? What drugs cause megaloblastic anemia? Heck, what IS megaloblastic anemia? Which drugs induce life threatening neutropenia? How does Neulasta work? You'll not only understand the effects of drugs on lab tests—you'll also finally understand LAB TESTS! Fall 2010




Journey Through the GI Tract

Join Barb for a journey through 33 feet of gastrointestinal tract. This DVD covers the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the GI tract from top to bottom. Beginning with the mouth and oropharynx, this lecture discusses the teeth, the tongue, the mouth, the gums, the esophagus, the stomach, and the small and large bowel. Specific clinical entities include the relationship between periodontal disease and cardiovascular diseaese, tonsillitis and adenoiditis and growth disturbances, esophageal varices, and the many causes of cirrhosis of the liver, GERD and Barrett’s esophagus, NSAID gastropathy, peptic ulcer disease and H. pylori, Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, colon cancer and rectal foreign objects. The journey is entertaining, enlightening, and educational. Fall 2010


Liver Logic—50 ways to love your liver

Did you know that the liver has 500 functions and that it can regenerate itself within 30 days? Listen to Barb's fascinating lecture on the liver in all of its glory. Barb takes you for a journey through an amazing organ that we tend to take for granted. It metabolizes drugs, booze, and hormones...it synthesizes proteins, clotting factors, and cholesterol...it stores blood, vitamins, and iron. Barb discusses the many causes of hepatitis (viruses including A,B,C,E,F, EBV, CMV; alcoholic hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis), the many causes of cirrhosis (alcohol, viruses, biliary), the signs and symptoms of acute and chronic liver failure, and the treatment of all of the above. In addition, Barb discusses the latest information on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD, NASH) and how to prevent it as well as treat it. New “game changers” in the treatment of hepatitis C as well as cirrhosis will be discussed. You will not only gain a new respect for this 3.5-pound football-sized organ, you will also realize that it is just as important as the more celebrated organ systems of the heart, lungs, brain, and kidney. You “gotta” love your liver! Summer 2015





Neuro-for-the-not-so-neuro Minded

The day includes an overview and update of functional neuroanatomy and Neuro assessment. Barb takes a "journey" through the brain—the Cerebral Cortex (all four lobes and their functions), and shows how to assess the 4 lobes as well as pathophysiology, including head injuries, brain tumors, and dementias; the basal ganglia and assessment, including the patient with a movement disorder—Parkinson's disease, Huntington's chorea, and athetosis; the brain stem—assessment and clinical correlations including cranial nerves; spinal cord and the reflex arc. It's a great lecture for neuro novices as well as seasoned neuro nurses—everyone learns some new tidbits as well as refreshing some old tidbits. Fall 2013



from Autistic Spectrum Disorder to Alzheimer's Disease

Barb covers a myriad of conditions affecting embryologic development of the brain—the influence of sex hormones on brain development, neurogenesis and plasticity, the teratogenic effects of numerous drugs, genes, viruses, parasites, maternal infections, hypothyroidism, vitamin deficiencies and paternal influences. Clinical correlations include sex differences, FAS, toxoplasmosis, autistic spectrum, schizophrenia, herpes infections, and neuroectodermal diseases. Environmental exposure to lead levels as related to brain development, behavioral disorders, and future criminal behavior is discussed. Mirror neurons are described and correlated with disorders such as depression, bullying, child abuse and autism. You will learn about the “teen-age” brain and how the limbic system rules during those tumultuous years of brain development.

Other neurological conditions discussed include—seizure disorders, demyelinating diseases, and movement disorders—athetosis, spasticity, Tourette’s syndrome, Huntington’s chorea and Parkinson’s disease are described. Cerebellar disease as it relates to alcohol and other neurologic conditions involving the cerebellum is also be included.

And finally, Barb discusses the aging brain and the top risk factors involved in the development of Alzheimer’s dementia—inflammation, diabetes, hearing loss, and lack of sleep among others. Fall 2015



The Neurology of Aging

Did you know that you reach your peak mental capacity at age 24? And you have 6 good years. You are a mental giant between the ages of 24 and 30, and then the "party is over". But is it really? What happens the day after your 30th birthday? Pop a blueberry in your mouth and continue reading this blurb. Barb will discuss the changes occurring in the brain as it undergoes the process of senescence. What are considered to be normal age-related declines in cognitive function? What can you do NOW to delay this decline? How can you boost the brain's ability to produce new neurons? New synapses? Barb will also discuss the common neurologic diseases associated with aging, including the epidemiology, pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacologic management of each condition. Conditions to be included: Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (DAT), nutritional dementias, vascular dementias, Parkinson's disease, cerebrovascular disease, depression in the elderly, mild cognitive impairment, dementia and more...What's new on the horizon for the treatment of neurologic conditions in the elderly? How might the "statin" drugs and metformin revolutionize the treatment of the aging brain? Will anti-inflammatory drugs be used to treat Alzheimer's disease in the near future? Join Barb for a delightful day of NEURO NUGGETS--for your own brain health and for the brain health of your aging friends, your aging family and your aging patients. And, don't forget to pop a blueberry in your mouth after you finish reading this blurb. Fall 2014






Neurotransmitters in Health and Disease

This entertaining and educational presentation describes the functions of numerous neurotransmitters in both the peripheral and central nervous system. The transmitters include dopamine, serotonin, GABA, norepinephrine, acetylcholine, and more. What are the many functions of dopamine, in addition to the “Feel good, let’s do that again” function…what is the addiction potential of various substances— including methamphetamine, oxycontin, heroin, nicotine, alcohol and marijuana? What is the role of dopamine in movement disorders, in the delirium tremens and more? Did you know that 95% of all serotonin in the body is in your GI tract? What is the bowel-brain connection? Does serotonin play a role? Who’s your momma? GABA is! Her main function in the brain is to say NO! She’s the major inhibitory transmitter in the brain. What are some of the drugs that boost GABA? Mother’s Little Helpers (the benzodiazepines), certain anti-convulsants, and more…learn about antidepressants, antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, anticholinergics, and every other “anti” in the medicine cabinet! Summer 2017



Pediatric Pharmacology

This 2.5 hour DVD covers a myriad of topics related to Pediatric Pharmacology—first and foremost—kids are not little adults! Barb discusses the following:
…drugs approved for depression in children; the anti-depressant-suicide controversy
…St. John's Wort in kids
…Obese kids—dosages, efficacy, and administration
…Vaccines—dispelling the myths, providing the facts; HPV vaccines, Tdap, and more
…the treatment of fever—acetaminophen, ibuprofen or both? Is aspirin EVER used in kids anymore?
…anti-hypertensive drugs approved for kids; cholesterol-lowering drugs for kids; metformin for kids
…PPIs, GER and GERD in kids
…anabolic steroid use—physical and behavioral signs
And much more…Full of clinical pearls for everyday practice.
Summer 2014




Pediatricks! Pediatric Assessment

Assessment of the pediatric patient from the neonate to the nineteen-year-old

Finally! Barb has produced a DVD on her favorite topic—Pediatric Assessment. Barb provides an overview on how to approach the pediatric patient—from the newborn to a nineteen-year-old. What should you expect with vital signs? Why is a heart rate of 120 perfectly fine for a one-month-old and an ALARM sign in a 15-year-old with fever and dehydration? How do you assess a toddler with an average 300-word vocabulary consisting of one MAJOR word—“NO”? Whatever you do, don’t ask them if you can do something! How do you explain “the Teenage Brain”? The best neuro exam in a young child consists of observation—the majority of cranial nerves can be examined by watching facial expressions. What 3 individual clinical features are the most accurate for predicting 5% dehydration in kids? Barb explains the clinical findings in children that help to estimate the degree of dehydration—mild, moderate, and severe in kids. Why is weight such an important vital sign in kids? How do you determine fluid and drug doses? What are the new guidelines for determining tonsillectomies in children? What are the new guidelines for working up a child with febrile seizures? What is the current treatment for children with status epilepticus? What’s so different about the respiratory system in children vs. adults? What are the causes of acidosis in kids? What are the treatment guidelines for diabetic ketoacidosis? What are some ALARM signs for child abuse? What are some early clues observed in young children with autism? What are the criteria for assessing the child with an acute asthma attack? Learn all of this and MORE in this fascinating DVD. Summer 2011



Pee or not to Pee—that is the Question: Renal Update and Overview


For anyone and everyone that hated renal physiology, this is the DVD for you. Barb explains, in a simplified way, primary diseases of the kidney as well as the kidney as “an innocent bystander” in diseases such as lupus, drug-induced nephropathy, CHF, rhabdomyolysis, and more. Barb will also discuss the interpretation of lab tests and kidney function as well as the myriad of drugs that affect and protect the kidney. The diabetic kidney, the hypertensive kidney, the kidney in acute failure, and other conditions will be described. Fall 2011





Pharmacology—A Class Act


This 2-day MUST HAVE pharmacology DVD is a perfect in-depth discussion of the principles of pharmacology as well as an overview of the most common classes of drugs used in the world of medicine and nursing today.


What will you learn on DAY 1? The top drugs prescribed; the top money making drugs; the NEWEST “game changers” in the world of pharmacology; the principles of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion correlated with a myriad of examples for each principle. Barb will also discuss the process of senescence and its relationship to polypharmacy in the geriatric population. You will also learn about drug-drug interactions and drug interactions with herbal and OTC products.

What will you learn on the exciting 2nd day? Class after class after class (etc.) of drugs will be discussed including: the ACE inhibitors, the ARBs, the Beta Blockers, the Calcium Channel blockers, the Triptans, the PPIs, monoclonal antibodies, the “Statins”, the NIBs, the H2 blockers, the ED drugs, the oxacins, and many, many more…how these drugs work, their side effects and adverse effects...is there a better drug in each class, if so, which one and why?

When you finish watching BOTH days of this DVD series you will feel educated, entertained, and enthusiastic about the world of Pharmacology. ENJOY!!
Summer 2015

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Pharmacology—Simplify Don't Mystify

This is a must have clinical DVD on the most common classes of drugs used in the world of medicine and nursing today. Learn about the “prils”, the “sartans”, the “triptans”, the “cyclovirs”, the “prazoles”, the “conazoles”, the “olols, alols, and ilols”,  and many more. Barb’s way of learning Pharmacology is entertaining and enlightening and you’re sure to learn about mechanisms of action, clinical indications, and adverse effects. Barb also throws in a plethora of practical pearls for everyday use. Summer 2013




Physical Assessment Pearls—If you only have 5 minutes…

The most important part of any physical exam is taking the patient HISTORY. Learn how to characterize the chief complaint by asking the right questions—the PQRST + AAA way. Barb provides examples of how to use this mnemonic to get the most information in the least amount of time. Barb will then guide you through assessment basics—where to “listen” if you only have a minute, where to “look” if you only have a minute, where to “feel” if you only have a minute. Barb correlates anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology for each major system discussed—the heart, the lungs, the abdomen, and the nervous system. You will also be amazed at the information you can glean from basic vital sign evaluation. Last, but not least, Barb discusses various drug classes and the side effects that can confound a physical exam. Spring 2011






The Pearls, the Perils, and the Pitfalls of Pharmaceuticals in the Aging Population

The whole new world of Geriatric Pharmacology awaits you! It has been estimated that 28% of all hospitalizations in the elderly are due to adverse drug reactions. And right along with that fact it has been estimated that each older patient has 6.5 chronic conditions with an average of 3-5 drugs prescribed to treat each condition. YOU DO THE MATH. Barb will discuss the normal physiologic changes of aging that play a major role in drug absorption, distribution, and excretion. You will learn the most common disastrous drug combinations and how to avoid them—and you will learn what drugs can be substituted, deleted, and/or added to avoid drug-related disasters. How can something as simple as ibuprofen throw an 80-year-old into renal failure? How can a single dose of cimetidine send a 90-year-old into a state of delirium? Summer 2016



Shampoos, Tattoos, and Barbeques—Infectious Disease Update and Overview

This one-day seminar provides an up-to-the minute overview and update on current issues in the world of infectious diseases. New vaccines, emerging diseases, new drugs! Barb covers the important trends observed including global warming, global economics, and travel; the increased number of food-borne illnesses; diseases from animals to humans; the increased population of immunocompromised patients; hospital-acquired infections; sexually-transmitted diseases--old and new (including Baby Boomers Gone Wild); the overuse, misuse and abuse of antibiotics; and the continued threat of bioterrorism. Learn about rats, bats, camels, ticks, and mosquitos as vectors of disease. Learn the latest information on pertussis and measles, ZIKA virus and pregnancy, SARS, MERS, HIV, H. Pylori, HCV, MRSA, VRE, CRE, and more.  What's new in vaccines—HPV and Gardasil-9, the future shingles vaccine, PReP for HIV prevention, and the new "game-changing" drugs for Hepatitis C. Barb discusses the top food-borne pathogens—norovirus, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, E.Coli O157:H7, Toxoplasmosis gondii. Join Barb for lots of laughs and lots of learning. Fall 2016




To Your Health

Barb presents a lively and humorous look at the wonderful world of the nursing. She shares her 30+ years of experience by weaving tales from yesteryear with current nursing and medical progress. Barb’s best bets for maintaining an exciting and fulfilling nursing career will have you laughing your way to another healthy and prosperous year in the nursing profession. Fall 2010





Unstress for Success

Did you know that stress moves FAT to your waistline? Did you know that stress depletes the brain for the “happiness” neurotransmitter serotonin and the “zippy” neurotransmitter norepinephrine? Did you know that stress can move calcium out of the bone and increase the risk of osteoporosis? Did you know that stress is directly cytotoxic to neurons of the hippocampus and can lead to memory loss? Did you know that stress increases your blood pressure? Are you stressed reading this blurb on stress? Join Barb for a delightful review of the “stress response” and its ramifications for health and happiness.  A little bit of stress has a positive effect…high levels of continued stress is quite harmful. Barb will not only discuss the implications of stress on health and disease, but she will also provide hilarious ways to reduce stress in your daily routine. Fall 2015



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