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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 2 Contact Hours (2 Pharm Hours)
  • Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh
  • Martha M. Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Gary Kracoff, PhD, RPh
Item#: N1841
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)
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Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Melatonin, Coenzyme Q10, and Cranberry Supplementation

Price $17.95
Item # N1841
High-Level Content
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 15, 2017

Expiration Date: November 30, 2020

The four supplements highlighted in the course are among the most popular in the United States, according to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin was the second-most popular dietary supplement choice for consumers. Coenzyme Q10 was number four in 2012, an increase from 2007 when it was not on the top 10 supplements list. Cranberry was the seventh-most popular supplement in 2012, maintaining its place among the top 10 supplements. Melatonin moved into the top 10 dietary supplements in 2012. It was ranked at number four behind fish oil, glucosamine/chondroitin, and probiotics. Each of these supplements is discussed individually. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe the common uses, adverse effects, and safety concerns associated with glucosamine and chondroitin.
  • Describe the common uses, adverse effects, and safety concerns associated with melatonin.
  • Describe the common uses, adverse effects, and safety concerns associated with coenzyme Q10.
  • Describe the common uses, adverse effects, nursing considerations, and safety concerns associated with cranberry.


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 Postbaccalaureate Alumni Award from OSU.

Martha M. 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 Brookes University in Oxford, England. Dr. Libster is an award-winning historian of seven books, including two histories about American 19th century healthcare reform, religion, and nursing. She is known internationally for her pioneering work and books on integrative nursing and nurse-herbalism, beginning with the release of Demonstrating Care: The Art of Integrative Nursing (2000, Delmar Thomson Learning) and her encyclopedic Integrative Herb Guide for Nurses (2002). She is Founding Director of the Global Tea House, an international forum for dialogue on health culture diplomacy, and Editor of Perspectives in Cultural Diplomacy. Her work focuses on primary healthcare education and research with communities that seek to incorporate nonpharmacological, cost-effective, accessible, traditional healing solutions, such as traditional Chinese and Western herbal remedies, with emerging science in their approach to stress, mental illness, and common health concerns, particularly in infants and young children. She has private holistic nurse psychotherapy practices in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Appleton, Wisconsin. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and The Authors Guild.


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 and 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.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • Martha Libster was paid for editing this course book but has no conflicts of interest related to the publication of this course book.
  • Gary Kracoff has disclosed that he is on the advisory committee for Boiron USA and is Medical Director at the Academy of Integrative Medicine. He has agreed to present content that is current, evidence based, and unbiased.