Assisting with Self-Administration of Medications: The Basics

 

The purpose of this course is to provide unlicensed personnel working in residential care, home health, and hospice with the basic information and knowledge to properly assist individuals with self-administration of their medications. This course describes the difference between medication administration and assisting with self-administration of medication, as well as the goals, roles, and responsibilities of unlicensed personnel in medication assistance. It reviews some basic terminology associated with medication use including brand vs. generic name, dosage, routes, indications, contraindications, and adverse reactions. It discusses medication classes that are commonly encountered and the common side effects. As you progress through this course, it is critical for you to always keep in mind the importance of being aware of and following your scope of practice guidelines and organizational policies and procedures, and for you to acknowledge the fact that practice guidelines and regulations vary from state to state and from organization to organization.

$60.00

Hours: 1.00
REL-SRC-0-ASMB

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (5 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants

1.0 HOURS


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services

1.0 HOURS


This course is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services - Group Care Licensure Section (NC-DHHS)
Program Sponsor ID #032316; Approval # . This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)

1.0 HOURS


North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services

1.0 HOURS


This course is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services - Group Care Licensure Section (NC-DHHS)
Program Sponsor ID #032316; Approval # . This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)

1.0 HOURS


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1731553

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-ASMB
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Differentiate between medication administration and assisting with self-administration of medication.
Explain the goals of assisting with self-administration of medications.
Describe the roles and responsibilities of unlicensed professional in assisting with self-administration of medications.
Recognize commonly used terminology and abbreviations associated with medication use.
Name the purpose and common side effects of three medication classes.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Administration vs Self-Administration
A. Meet Pete
B. Assisting vs Administering
C. Know Your Scope of Practice
D. A Deeper Look
E. The Role of Unlicensed Personnel
F. The Responsibilities of Unlicensed Personnel
G. Review
H. Summary
Section 3: Basic Medication Terminology
A. Brand Name vs. Generic Name
B. Dosage
C. Route
D. Other Abbreviations
E. A Brief Word About Abbreviations
F. Practice
G. Indications and Contraindications
H. Adverse Reactions
I. What Should You Do?
J. Review
K. Summary
Section 4: Common Medications
A. Classes of Medications
B. Analgesic Medications
C. Anti-Infective Medications
D. Anticoagulant Medications
E. Psychotropic Medications
F. Anticonvulsant Medications
G. Cardiovascular Medications
H. Diuretic Medications
I. Antidiabetic Medications
J. Review
K. Summary
Section 5: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Course Contributors
C. Resources
D. References
E. Congratulations!


Staff Writer: Lindsey R. Goldberg, MSN-Ed., RN
Lindsey R. Goldberg, MSN-Ed., RN began working in the healthcare industry in 2000. Lindsey began her journey in the healthcare industry as a medical records clerk for a large Neurosurgical practice in South Florida. She then progressed to a Medical Assistant in 2001 and worked in the settings of orthopedic, primary, urgent care and concierge practices. Lindsey graduated with highest honors from Nova Southeastern University in 2007 with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. As a registered nurse, Lindsey worked mainly with the adult and geriatric populations in the acute care hospital setting. The areas she worked in the hospital included: telemetry, medical/surgical, observation, chest pain and step-down units. While working as a registered nurse, Lindsey continued her education and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Education in 2015. After obtaining her Masters degree, she taught briefly at a community college in the nursing program as a clinical instructor. During that timeframe Lindsey was also involved in a pharmaceutical trial in which she administered the trial drug and followed one patient throughout the entire process. Lindsey also maintains her clinical skills by working for an after-hours triaging service. In her most recent position, she was a chronic care manager and health coach for Medicare patients enrolled in a digital health program. In this role, she provided health coaching, general wellness tips and diagnosis specific teaching for roughly 1500 patients. She currently serves as a medical content writer and internal subject matter expert for Relias Learning.  Disclosure: Lindsey R. Goldberg, MSN-Ed., RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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Accommodations
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