An Overview of Dietary Supplements for Nurses - N46202

About the Course:
Nurses in many practice settings are likely to encounter patients that are using dietary supplements – some appropriately – whereas in other instances, not. This course is designed to provide an overview of these products that will empower nurses to guide their usage safely and effectively. Dietary supplements of many types are widely used by Americans. As a result, it is likely that nurses, in a variety of settings, will encounter patients who use these products.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the learner should be able to do the following:
  • Detail two key events responsible for the regulation of dietary supplements.
  • Describe one sign associated with vitamin deficiency.
  •  Name one benefit of vitamin C that has support in the scientific literature.
  • Explain why supratherapeutic doses of water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins can have different consequences.
  • Discuss the difference between macrominerals and microminerals.
  • Develop an awareness of “miracle” supplements.
  • Identify two body systems that may be susceptible to adverse events when using St. John’s wort.
  • State one potential drug interaction associated with the use of St. John’s wort.
  • Provide a potential use for fish oil that is well supported by the scientific literature.
About the Author:
Bradley Gillespie, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacist. He has practiced in an industrial setting for the past 25+ years. His initial role was as a clinical pharmacology and biopharmaceutics reviewer at FDA, followed by 20 years of leading early development programs in the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries. In addition to his industrial focus, he remains a registered pharmacist and enjoys mentoring drug development scientists and health professionals, leading workshops, and developing continuing education programs for pharmacists, nurses, and other medical professionals.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 3-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the self-assessment quiz questions which are at the end of the course or integrated throughout the course. These questions are NOT GRADED.  The correct answer is shown after you answer the question.  If the incorrect answer is selected, the rationale for the correct answer is provided.  These questions help to affirm what you have learned from the course.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will then be asked to complete either:
    • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition ©2021: All Rights Reserved.  Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC.  The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered.  The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered.  It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice.  Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state.  Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing, but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials.  Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys.  The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.

Course Verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course.  Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.