Nursing: Nurses’ Guide to Dietary Supplements

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About the Course

As healthcare systems around the globe evolve, there is an increased emphasis on shared decision making and mutual responsibility between clinicians and the public for health promotion and disease prevention in communities. Dietary supplements and complementary therapies are the general terms used to describe the modalities utilized by patients and practitioners alike to advance health and well-being and relieve pain and suffering. This course presents nurses who work in ambulatory centers, private practice, pharmacies, hospitals, and community health facilities, with information to help develop practice guidelines and patient education materials about dietary supplements and participate in shared-decision making with people who are choosing dietary supplements for use in self-care.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the care of patients using dietary supplements and complementary therapies.
  • Discuss the significance of the regulation of dietary supplements, including product quality and safety considerations, as it relates to nursing practice.
  • Apply evidence from clinical research on fish oil and other omega-3 fatty acid-containing supplements in patient education and shared decision making.
  • Identify nursing care of patients taking probiotic- and prebiotic-containing supplements.
  • Discuss the nursing considerations for educating patients about the use of glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, coenzyme Q10, and cranberry supplements.
  • Describe best nursing practice in the use of echinacea and garlic supplements.
  • Describe best nursing practice in the use of ginseng supplements.
  • Describe best nursing practice in the use of ginkgo supplements.

About the Authors:

Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh, received her bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and her PhD in Pharmacology from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Dr. Piascik speaks at continuing education conferences on the topics of new drugs, dietary supplements, and personalized medicine. She is past president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, is a four-time recipient of the UKCOP Senior Class Teaching Award, a two-time recipient of the AACP Innovations in Teaching Award, and was named a University Great Teacher by the UK Alumni Association. Dr. Piascik is also a Distinguished Alumnus of Ohio Northern University and the recipient of the Jack L. Beal Post-Baccalaureate Award from the Ohio State University.

Martha Mathews Libster, PhD, MSN, APRN-CNS, APHN-BC, received her bachelor of science degree in education from New York University, her BSN from Mount St. Mary’s University, her MSN 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, a professor of nursing for 14 years, is the Executive Director of Golden Apple Healing Arts Consulting.  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, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and the Authors Guild. She is an award-winning author of seven books and an international speaker who has been the guest of such organizations as the World Health Organization, Royal College of Nursing, and U.S. Botanic Garden. 

Disclaimer: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC.

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