Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term


Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810-OL1

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. John D. Chovan


fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, FASDs, neurobehavioral disorder, prenatal alcohol exposure, developmental disability

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a devastating disorder and is predicted more common than once thought. Recent research shows that the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is between 1% and %5 of the population, making it possibly more common than autism, and certainly more common than Down Syndrome, yet it does not get the same attention or resources of either. Current research is used to demonstrate the prevalence, the debilitation, and the social burden of this completely preventable disorder. Current research on the suspected pathophysiology of FASD is discussed, as well as future goals. It is important for the advanced practice nurse to be knowledgeable regarding FASD, as one will encounter this disorder in practice. Furthermore, it is vital for the advanced practice nurse to take the time and effort to properly educate female clients of child-bearing ages regarding the detrimental effects of alcohol on the embryo and fetus. There is no known safe level or time for alcohol exposure during pregnancy.

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Nursing Commons



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