Course Preview

  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Maryam Mamou, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Peer Reviewer(s): Helen N. Turner, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC, AP-PMN-FAAN
Item#: N2205
Contents: 1 Course Book (40 pages)
Choose the best WS365 Online Nursing Membership for you:
Basic Membership – Access to 1-15 hour courses
PREMIUM Membership – Access to ALL nursing course

Nurse's Role in Addressing Prescription Medication Abuse

Price $22.95
Item # N2205
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 9, 2018

Expiration Date: November 30, 2021

This course describes the scope of prescription medication misuse in the United States, the pharmacology of commonly abused medications and potential indicators of prescription medication abuse. This course provides intervention, treatment, and prevention strategies nurses can use when prescribing medications or treating a patient that is misusing a controlled substance.


Rhode Island Nurses - This course fulfills your substance abuse requirement.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the scope of prescription medication abuse.
  • Explain the pharmacology, physiology, and regulatory control of the prescription drugs that are most commonly abused and the extent and impact of their nonmedical use.
  • Describe access and diversion as they relate to patients with prescription medication abuse problems.
  • Describe best practices regarding the initiation of treatment and management of patients prescribed opioid-based therapies for chronic pain.
  • Identify the professional concerns for nurses in their efforts to halt the public health problem of prescription medication abuse.


Maryam Mamou, BSN, RN, CWOCN, has over 30 years of clinical experience that includes acute care, rehabilitation care, and home health care. She has provided care to patients with acute and chronic pain issues in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is currently employed as a nurse consultant with the state of Wisconsin, and her work includes staying apprised of regulations pertaining to sub­stance administration and substance abuse.

Helen N. Turner, DNP, APRN, PCNS-BC, AP-PMN-FAAN, is an associate director at the Pediatric Pain Management Center at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital/Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Turner is a clinical nurse specialist with prescriptive privilege. She is a national and international consultant and lecturer on evidence-based pain management nursing, which includes a balanced approach to opioid management. Dr. Turner was one of the authors of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing Position Paper on Pain Management in Patients With Substance Use Disorder, and she is the coeditor of the Core Curriculum for Pain Management Nursing. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a past president of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing.

  • 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.