Nursing: Dietary Supplements and Complementary Therapies

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About Course #N1820

Release Date: July 21, 2017

Expiration Date: July 31, 2020

A significant number of Americans are rediscovering their culture's traditional ways of healing while learning about dietary supplements and complementary therapies from their neighbors, communities, the media, and their practitioners. Many are adopting integrative health practices to improve their health and wellbeing. Nurses have a centuries-old heritage of leading communities in the discovery of safe and effective means of incorporating traditional healing practices, such as herbal remedies, used in self-care and patient-care with emerging biomedical and technology-based modalities and practices. This course will provide nurses with an overview of dietary supplements and complementary therapies so that they can mindfully participate with their patients in decision making and continue nursing's heritage of demonstrating the art of integrative nursing.

About the Author(s)

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 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 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's passion is to inspire her audiences with personalized reflections on their creativity and strengths through PoeticEndnotes.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
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  • 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.

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