Nursing: Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing and Pain Management for Texas APNs

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About the Course

Nurse practitioners (NPs) 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 and following state and federal laws. This course provides an overview of the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, the pharmacology of opioids, and state and federal regulations pertaining to NPs practicing in Texas.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate how to evaluate and treat pain.
  • Evaluate the basic pharmacological characteristics of opioids and the difference between opioid agonists, partial agonists, and antagonists.
  • Demonstrate how to choose opioid therapy and educate patients on overdose prevention.
  • Examine the laws pertaining to the prescribing of controlled substances, including the federal medication schedules, federal prescription-filling rules, federal registration requirements, and Texas-specific rules.

About the Author:
Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh

Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh, is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Vancouver, Washington, serving long-term care facilities in the area. Dr. Blair also has over six years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She has written and revised continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.

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