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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 3 Contact Hours (3 Pharm Hours)
  • Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh
  • Martha M. Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Gary Kracoff, PhD, RPh
Item#: N1820
Contents: 1 Course Book (40 pages)
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Dietary Supplements and Complementary Therapies

Price $22.95
Item # N1820
High-Level Content
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Release Date: July 21, 2017

Expiration Date: July 31, 2020

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) in the United States as well as the World Health Organization Traditional Medicine program (World Health Organization, 2014) have played central roles in the generation and dissemination of up-to-date information and resources about clinical research and traditional evidence related to dietary supplements and complementary therapies, which include the medicines and practices of indigenous and traditional peoples. The NCCIH defines “integrative health care” as encompassing conventional and complementary health approaches in a coordinated way.

A significant number of Americans are rediscovering their culture’s traditional ways of healing while learning about dietary supplements and complementary therapies from their neighbors, communities, the media, and their practitioners. Many are adopting integrative health practices to improve their health and wellbeing. Nurses have a centuries-old heritage of leading communities in the discovery of safe and effective means of incorporating traditional healing practices, such as herbal remedies, used in self-care and patient-care with emerging biomedical and technology-based modalities and practices. More acute and critical care nurses have reported that they also use various forms of complementary therapies in their own self-care to “decrease stress and enhance health and well-being." This course will provide nurses with an overview of dietary supplements and complementary therapies so that they can mindfully participate with their patients in decision making and continue nursing’s heritage of demonstrating the art of integrative nursing.

Course Objectives

  • Define common terms related to the use of dietary supplements and complementary therapies.
  • Describe the history and contemporary trends in the use of dietary supplements and complementary therapies in the United States.
  • List resources patients and their nurses can use in making decisions about choosing dietary supplements and complementary therapies for plans of care.
  • Identify quality information and resources on clinical research and traditional (historical) practice evidence this is currently supporting the safe and efficacious use of dietary supplements and complementary therapies.


Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh, received her bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University (ONU) and a PhD in Pharmacology from the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy. She is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP). Dr. Piascik speaks at continuing education conferences on the topics of new drugs, dietary supplements, and personalized medicine. She teaches a problem-based elective course in the area of herbal and dietary supplements and co-coordinates an elective course in behavior modification coaching. Dr. Piascik is a past president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). She is a four-time recipient of the UKCOP Senior Class Teaching Award and two-time recipient of the AACP Innovations in Teaching Award, and she was named a University Great Teacher by the UK Alumni Association. Dr. Piascik is also a Distinguished Alumnus of ONU and the recipient of the Jack L. Beal Post-Baccalaureate Award from OSU.

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC, received her bachelor of science degree in Education from New York University, her bachelor of science degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, her master of science degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her doctorate in humanities – health care history from Oxford Brooks University in Oxford, England. Dr. Libster, a Professor of Nursing for 14 years, is the Executive Director of Golden Apple Healing Arts Consulting, a company that provides solution-focused personal, family, and organizational health services that include research-supported corporate culture assessments and wellness programs. She specializes in the integration of tradition and technology in person-centered integrative health programs, online/telehealth services, resource centers, continuing education programs, and self-care products and ser­vices. Dr. Libster is a medical science writer and consultant who has been practicing, researching, and publishing on the incorporation of herbal remedies and nursing for more than 15 years. She is a board certified Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse who has integrated nurs­ing science with traditional Chinese and western herbal therapies for more than 25 years. Dr. Libster is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and the Authors Guild. She is an award-winning author of seven books on herbalism, self-care, healthcare history, and integrative nursing and an international speaker who has been the guest of such organizations as the World Health Organization, Royal College of Nursing, and U.S. Botanic Garden. Dr. Libster’s passion is to inspire her audiences with personalized reflections on their creativity and strengths through PoeticEndnotes™.


Gary Kracoff, PhD, RPh, received his bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University and his doctorate in naturopathic medicine and his Homeopathic Medical diploma from Westbrook University. Dr. Kracoff provides in-depth consultative services at Johnson Compounding & Wellness in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dr. Kracoff’s guiding philosophy is to treat the person as a whole and not to chase symptoms. He focuses on finding out the “why” of what is happening physically and mentally, then works with individuals to restore balance in the body. Dr. Kracoff frequently lectures at pharmacy, medical, and health-oriented conferences. He is an educator at the Academy of Integrative Medicine, conducting 2-day seminars for healthcare professionals twice a year. Dr. Kracoff also serves on the faculty of the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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