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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 20 Contact Hours (16 Pharm Hours)
  • Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh
  • Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Gary Kracoff, PhD, RPh
  • Karen Avino, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC
Item#: N1888
Contents: 1 Course Book (262 pages)
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Nurses’ Guide to Dietary Supplements

Price $64.95
Item # N1888
High-Level Content
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: March 2, 2018

Expiration Date: March 31, 2021

As health care systems around the globe evolve, there is an increased emphasis on shared decision making and mutual responsibility between clinicians and the public for health promotion and disease prevention in communities. Dietary supplements and complementary therapies are the general terms used to describe the modalities utilized by patients and practitioners alike to advance health and well-being and relieve pain and suffering. For centuries, peoples of diverse cultures have utilized many of the remedies now referred to as complementary therapies and dietary supplements for common health concerns, such as headache, a cold, a sore throat, or digestive upset. Today, there are other remedies that are newly formulated with the help of emerging science and technologies.

The NCCIH as well as the World Health Organization Traditional Medicine program 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 (World Health Organization, 2014). This course on dietary supplements positions Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, who work in ambulatory centers, private practice, pharmacies, hospitals and community health facilities, to develop practice guidelines and patient education materials about dietary supplements and to better participate in shared-decision making with people who are choosing dietary supplements for use in self-care.


Kentucky APRNs - Fulfills pharmacology requirement.

This course is an compilation of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1820: Dietary Supplements and Complementary Therapies, N1821: Regulation of Dietary Supplements, N1819: Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation: Uses, Effectiveness, and Safety, N1822: Probiotics: Dietary Sources and Supplements, N1841: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Melatonin, Coenzyme Q10, and Cranberry Supplementation, N1844: Echinacea and Garlic Supplementation: Uses, Effectiveness, and Safety, N1842: Ginseng Supplementation: Uses, Effectiveness, and Safety, or N1843: Ginkgo Supplementation: Uses, Effectiveness, and Safety.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the care of patients using dietary supplements and complementary therapies.
  • Discuss the significance of the regulation of dietary supplements, including product quality and safety considerations, as it relates to nursing practice.
  • Apply evidence from clinical research on fish oil and other omega-3 fatty acid-containing supplements in patient education and shared decision making.
  • Identify nursing care of patients taking probiotic- and prebiotic-containing supplements.
  • Discuss the nursing considerations related to educating patients about the use of glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, coenzyme Q10, and cranberry supplements.
  • Describe best nursing practice in the use of echinacea and garlic supplements.
  • Describe best nursing practice in the use of ginseng supplements.
  • Describe best nursing practice in the use of ginkgo supplements.

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 twotime 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 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.

Karen Avino, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Delaware (UD) with more than 42 years of experience in maternal-child health, administration, community health, and holistic nursing. Ms. Avino is a board-certified advanced holistic nurse and a health & wellness nurse coach. She is a reiki
master, stress management instructor, acudetox specialist, HeartMath, clinical meditation, and imagery practitioner. She has taught holistic nursing and integrative health at UD for the past 19 years. Ms. Avino is a founding leader of the Delaware Chapter of the American Holistic Nurses Association. She is an author and editor of Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (2016) and Core Curriculum for Holistic Nursing (2014).

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