Nursing: Prescribing Opioids and Pain-Management Monitoring for Nebraska Advanced Practice Nurses

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About the Course


This course meets Nebraska’s requirements for advanced practice nurses related to identification and management of pain and addiction, as well as Nebraska practices of prescribing and dispensing opioids.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the scope of opioid use, to include the frequency of abuse and fatal overdoses.
  2. Best balance the need to provide pain relief against the risks inherent to using opioid medications.
  3. Identify the increased risk of side effects from opioid medications in patients with psychiatric issues.
  4. Recognize divergences in treatment for pain caused by different pathologies.
  5. Identify equivalent opioid doses to best manage medication changes.
  6. List at least three characteristics associated with an addicted patient.
  7. Name at least one key step in the process of treating an opioid addiction.
  8. Describe which class of medication overdoses can be treated with naloxone.
  9. Adhere to the mandates of the Nebraska Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)


About the Author

Bradley Gillespie, PharmD

Bradley Gillespie, PharmD, trained as a clinical pharmacist, has practiced in industrial and government settings for the past 20-plus years. His initial role was a clinical pharmacology and biopharmaceutics reviewer at FDA, followed by 18 years of leading drug development efforts in the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries. Currently, he supports development projects at the Department of Defense. In addition to his industrial focus, he remains a registered pharmacist, operates a medical writing business focused on developing health professional continuing education programs, and serves as part-time instructor at Montgomery College.

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