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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 2 Contact Hours(2 Pharm Hours)
  • Martha Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC
  • Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Gary Kracoff, PhD, RPh
  • Karen Avino, EdD, RN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC
Item#: N1821
Contents: 1 Course Book (38 pages)
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Regulation of Dietary Supplements

Price $17.95
Item # N1821
High-Level Content
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: September 27, 2017

Expiration Date: September 30, 2020


This course will provide nurses with the resources, caveats, and caring considerations when providing education and advice about dietary supplements. Evidence-based care in nursing includes clinical research, qualitative studies, traditional evidence, surveys, epidemiologic data, and patient preference. The regulation around dietary supplements has been created to ensure the safety of the public. But this is not always an easy task in a democratic society in which people demand their right to choose how they live their lives. The history of the regulation of dietary supplements documents the complexity of the exercise of the individual rights of U.S. citizens and the government’s role in protecting public health and safety. This course is an introduction to the regulation of dietary supplements, the laws currently in effect, and how the FDA administers these laws. This course about the regulation or safety orientation of dietary supplements also provides considerations for nursing care that can be used when counseling patients who are consumers of dietary supplements.


Course Objectives

  • Discuss the significance of the history of regulation of dietary supplements as it relates to nursing practice.
  • Summarize the elements of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.
  • Discuss the issues related to dietary supplement product quality.
  • Describe nursing considerations when consulting with patients about dietary supplement safety.


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 Brookes 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 counseling and health services. She specializes in person-centered integrative health programs, online/telehealth services, and self-care products and services. Dr. Libster is a medical science writer and consultant who practices, researches, and publishes on the incorporation of herbal remedies and nursing. 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. She is an award-winning author who has written books on herbalism, self-care, healthcare history, and integrative nursing.

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 (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 cocoordinates 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.


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).


  • 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.
  • Martha Libster has disclosed that she is an advisory board member for the American Botanical Council. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence.
  • Gary Kracoff has disclosed that he is on the advisory committee for Boiron USA and is medical director at the Academy of Integrative Medicine. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence.