Nursing: Scope and Ethics of Prescribing Controlled Substances for Advanced Practice Nurses

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About the Course

This course is designed to educate acute registered nurse practitioners who want to practice evidence-based care when treating patients with controlled substances.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify the various types of pain.
  • Describe the role of patient-centered care in the treatment of patients with pain.
  • Discuss evaluation of pain and establishment of treatment goals.
  • Recall appropriate patient counseling points on controlled substances.
  • Distinguish between low-, medium-, and high-risk patients when prescribing opioids.
  • Identify methods to monitor opioid compliance.
  • Describe the ethical issues with prescribing controlled substances.
  • Calculate the appropriate dose when converting opioid products.
  • Summarize the legal aspects of controlled substance prescribing.
  • List the benefits and risks of using medical marijuana to treat patients.

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 and has over six years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle.  Dr. Blair 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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