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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#: N1819
Contents: 1 Course Book (40 pages)
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Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation: Uses, Effectiveness, and Safety

Price $22.95
Item # N1819
High-Level Content
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Release Date: July 27, 2017

Expiration Date: July 31, 2020

In 21st century health care, increased emphasis focuses on wellness and disease prevention, a central theme of integrative care. Integrative health care encompasses conventional and nontraditional health approaches in a coordinated way. All healthcare professionals should have an understanding of integrative health, its elements, and those products and practices that have been shown to be effective therapeutic measures. More than 30% of U.S. adults and about 12% of children report use of healthcare approaches developed outside of conventional, or Western, medicine in the most recent comprehensive survey on the use of nonmainstream health approaches in the United States. These measures can be “complementary” or “alternative” in nature. 

Course Objectives

  • Identify the components of fish oil and other omega-3 fatty acid-containing supplements responsible for their effectiveness.
  • List potential uses of fish oil and other omega-3 fatty acid-containing supplements based on the clinical research evidence for their effectiveness
  • Explain potential adverse effects and safety concerns when using fish oil and other omega-3 fatty acid-containing supplements.
  • Apply nursing considerations of the use of fish oil and other omega-3 fatty acid-containing supplements to the education of patients using these products.
  • Compare the use of fish oil and other omega-3 fatty acid-containing supplements with other products used for the same conditions.


Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh, received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University (ONU) and a PhD in Pharmacology from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Piascik 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 she co-coordinates an elective course in behavior modification coaching. Dr. Piascik is a former 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 University of Kentucky Alumni Association. Dr. Piascik is also a Distinguished Alumnus of ONU and the recipient of the Jack L. Beal Post-Baccalaureate Award from The Ohio State University.

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC, received her Bachelor of Science in Education from New York University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, her Master of Science 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 has been practicing, researching, and publishing in the area of incorporation of herbal remedies and nursing for more than 15 years. She is a board-certified Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse and practitioner of traditional Chinese and Western herbal therapies and 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. Dr. Libster is an award-winning author of seven books on herbalism, self-care, healthcare history, and integrative nursing, including Demonstrating Care: The Art of Integrative Nursing (2001), Delmar’s Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses (2002), The Nurse-Herbalist (2012), and Herbal Diplomats (2004).


Gary Kracoff, PhD, RPh, received his Bachelor of Science 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 to what is happening physically and mentally, then works with individuals to restore balance in the body. Dr. Kracoff frequently lectures at pharmaceutical, 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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