Nursing: Pain Management and Opioids for Pennsylvania Advanced Practice Nurses
31.95
Online
Mandatory
Please select your state to enroll in this course
About the Course:
Addiction occurs in every state, county, socioeconomic class, and ethnic group (NIDA, 2017). The state of Pennsylvania has an overdose death rate that is more than twice the national average, and the rural areas of Pennsylvania are experiencing the greatest increase (Commonwealth of PA, 2018).  Nurse practitioners who prescribe controlled substances have a great responsibility to ensure patients receive the care they need while preventing their prescriptions from becoming a source of abuse or diversion.  This course is designed to identify the best practices for the use of prescription opioid medications for treating chronic pain within guidelines and laws pertaining to prescribing opioids.  The course also discusses strategies to combat the misuse of prescription medication.  In accordance with Section 9.1(a) of ABC-MAP, this course meets the requirements for advanced practice nurse prescribers including two (2) contact hours of pain management and identification of addiction and two (2) contact hours in the practices of prescribing and dispensing opioids.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the scope of opioid use, to include the frequency of abuse and fatal overdoses.
  • Understand the risks and benefits of providing pain relief with opioid medications.
  • Identify the increased risk of side effects from opioid medications in patients with mental health disorders.
  • Recognize treatment for pain caused by different pathologies.
  • Identify equivalent opioid doses to best manage medication changes.
  • Be able to list at least three characteristics associated with an addicted patient.
  • Name at least one key step in the process of treating an addiction to opioids.
  • Describe which class of medication overdoses can be treated with naloxone.
  • Describe the concepts of prescription drug abuse, misuse, addiction, and diversion, including recognition, risk factors, and prevention.
  • Explain the laws pertaining to prescribing of controlled substances, including medication schedules, prescription-filling rules, and registration requirements.
  • Discuss the management of pain, including evaluation, treatment, and medications used.
  • Describe steps necessary to ensure safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, including professional documentation, patient-provider agreements, and informed consent.

About the Author:
Shellie D. Hill, DNP, FNP-BC, is an assistant professor in the MSN-NP program at Saint Louis University. She teaches the clinical courses for the family nurse practitioner students, and she teaches advanced health assessment with clinical decision making and health promotion to MSN students. She has been a practicing family nurse practitioner for 19 years and an RN for 25 years. Most of her practice has been in primary care, but she also has experience in urgent care and cardiology. Her current practice is in corporate health.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-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 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.

Disclosures:

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

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.

Disclaimer
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.
©2020: 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.

 
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Pain Management and Opioids for Pennsylvania Advanced Practice Nurses - N33525

31.95
About the Course:
Addiction occurs in every state, county, socioeconomic class, and ethnic group (NIDA, 2017). The state of Pennsylvania has an overdose death rate that is more than twice the national average, and the rural areas of Pennsylvania are experiencing the greatest increase (Commonwealth of PA, 2018).  Nurse practitioners who prescribe controlled substances have a great responsibility to ensure patients receive the care they need while preventing their prescriptions from becoming a source of abuse or diversion.  This course is designed to identify the best practices for the use of prescription opioid medications for treating chronic pain within guidelines and laws pertaining to prescribing opioids.  The course also discusses strategies to combat the misuse of prescription medication.  In accordance with Section 9.1(a) of ABC-MAP, this course meets the requirements for advanced practice nurse prescribers including two (2) contact hours of pain management and identification of addiction and two (2) contact hours in the practices of prescribing and dispensing opioids.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the scope of opioid use, to include the frequency of abuse and fatal overdoses.
  • Understand the risks and benefits of providing pain relief with opioid medications.
  • Identify the increased risk of side effects from opioid medications in patients with mental health disorders.
  • Recognize treatment for pain caused by different pathologies.
  • Identify equivalent opioid doses to best manage medication changes.
  • Be able to list at least three characteristics associated with an addicted patient.
  • Name at least one key step in the process of treating an addiction to opioids.
  • Describe which class of medication overdoses can be treated with naloxone.
  • Describe the concepts of prescription drug abuse, misuse, addiction, and diversion, including recognition, risk factors, and prevention.
  • Explain the laws pertaining to prescribing of controlled substances, including medication schedules, prescription-filling rules, and registration requirements.
  • Discuss the management of pain, including evaluation, treatment, and medications used.
  • Describe steps necessary to ensure safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, including professional documentation, patient-provider agreements, and informed consent.

About the Author:
Shellie D. Hill, DNP, FNP-BC, is an assistant professor in the MSN-NP program at Saint Louis University. She teaches the clinical courses for the family nurse practitioner students, and she teaches advanced health assessment with clinical decision making and health promotion to MSN students. She has been a practicing family nurse practitioner for 19 years and an RN for 25 years. Most of her practice has been in primary care, but she also has experience in urgent care and cardiology. Her current practice is in corporate health.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-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 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.

Disclosures:

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

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.

Disclaimer
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.
©2020: 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.