Nursing: Controlled Substance Prescribing and Prevention for West Virginia Nurses

22.95
Online
Mandatory
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About the Course

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States. Opiate abuse has been declared a public health epidemic and prescription drug abuse rates continue to rise. Nurses have a great responsibility to ensure patients receive the care they need, while also preventing their prescriptions from becoming a source of abuse or diversion. The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses requires all RNs who prescribe, administer, or dispense controlled substances in West Virginia to complete an initial three-contact-hour course in drug diversion training, best practice prescribing of controlled substances, and administration of opioid antagonists. This course meets those requirements.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Distinguish between the concepts of substance misuse and substance use disorder, including their recognition, risk factors, and prevention.
  • Demonstrate the identification and prevention of drug diversion in healthcare settings.
  • Examine federal regulations pertaining to controlled substances.
  • Illustrate the steps to take to ensure safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, including professional documentation, patient-provider agreements, and informed consent.
  • Demonstrate how to choose an opioid reversal agent and how to counsel a patient on opioid overdose risk and response.
  • Analyze the treatment of pain, ADHD, and anxiety, including evaluation, treatment, and controlled substances used to treat these conditions.

About the Author: 
Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh

Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh, is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Vancouver, Washington, serving long-term care facilities in the area. Dr. Blair also has over 6 years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Her writing projects include creating and revising continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.
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Controlled Substance Prescribing and Prevention for West Virginia Nurses

22.95
About the Course

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States. Opiate abuse has been declared a public health epidemic and prescription drug abuse rates continue to rise. Nurses have a great responsibility to ensure patients receive the care they need, while also preventing their prescriptions from becoming a source of abuse or diversion. The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses requires all RNs who prescribe, administer, or dispense controlled substances in West Virginia to complete an initial three-contact-hour course in drug diversion training, best practice prescribing of controlled substances, and administration of opioid antagonists. This course meets those requirements.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Distinguish between the concepts of substance misuse and substance use disorder, including their recognition, risk factors, and prevention.
  • Demonstrate the identification and prevention of drug diversion in healthcare settings.
  • Examine federal regulations pertaining to controlled substances.
  • Illustrate the steps to take to ensure safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, including professional documentation, patient-provider agreements, and informed consent.
  • Demonstrate how to choose an opioid reversal agent and how to counsel a patient on opioid overdose risk and response.
  • Analyze the treatment of pain, ADHD, and anxiety, including evaluation, treatment, and controlled substances used to treat these conditions.

About the Author: 
Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh

Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh, is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Vancouver, Washington, serving long-term care facilities in the area. Dr. Blair also has over 6 years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Her writing projects include creating and revising continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.