Nursing: Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for North Carolina Advanced Practice Nurses

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About the Course

The opioid epidemic is a major public health crisis that is affecting Americans at alarming rates. 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, and following state and federal laws. This course provides an overview of the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, the pharmacology of opioids, federal regulations, and state regulations pertaining to nurse practitioners practicing in North Carolina.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate how to identify substance use and misuse.
  • Evaluate the basic pharmacological characteristics of opioids and the difference  between opioid agonists, partial agonists, and antagonists.
  • Demonstrate how to choose opioid therapy and when to reassess treatment.
  • Examine the laws pertaining to the prescribing of controlled substances, including the federal medication schedules, federal prescription-filling rules, federal registration requirements, and North Carolina-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 6 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 done freelance work writing and revising continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.

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