Nursing: An Overview of Dietary Supplements for Nurses

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About this 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

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.

About the Reviewer:
Shellie Hill, DNP, FNP-BC

Shellie Hill, DNP, FNP-BC, currently serves as full-time faculty as the FNP program coordinator and assistant professor in the MSN-NP program at Saint Louis University. She has been a practicing family nurse practitioner for 19 years and an RN for 26 years. Most of her clinical
practice has been in primary care. She also has experience in urgent care and cardiology. Clinically, she works in corporate health care clinics part time and volunteers as an FNP in a clinic that manages underserved patients.

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