Nursing: Wyoming APN Guidelines for Safe and Effective Controlled Substance Prescribing

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About the Course

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 serves to provide an overview of the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances and three of the most common disease states that warrant more frequent prescribing of controlled substances.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the concepts of substance misuse, substance use disorder, and diversion, including their recognition, risk factors, and prevention.
  • Explain the laws pertaining to the prescribing of controlled substances, including the federal medication schedules, federal prescription-filling rules, federal registration requirements, and Wyoming-specific rules.
  • Discuss the treatment of pain, including evaluation, treatment, and medications used.
  • Discuss the treatment of ADHD, including evaluation, treatment, and medications used.
  • Discuss the treatment of anxiety, including evaluation, treatment, and medications used.
  • Describe steps to take to ensure safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, including professional documentation, patient-provider agreements, and informed consent.


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 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. Dr. Blair 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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