Medication management is a core approach used for treating behavioral health conditions. As a nurse working with individuals with behavioral health disorders, the chances are high that your role will involve the proper administration and oversight of medications. Unfortunately, harmful medication errors can occur in any healthcare setting and during any part of the prescribing, dispensing, or administering process. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 2019) reviews more than 100,000 reports of possible medication errors each year. This course will describe common sources of medication errors. You will also learn strategies you can use to improve safety outcomes for the individuals you serve by decreasing medication errors. The goal of this course is to provide nursing professionals in health and human services settings with skills for reducing common sources of medication errors.
District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Kentucky Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.
Mississippi Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
North Dakota Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Sources and Types of Medication Errors
What is a Medication Error?
The Nurse’s Role in Preventing Medication Errors
Common Types and Sources of Medication Errors
Calculations and Concentration Errors
Omission and Dispensing Errors
Wrong Patient Administration Errors
Human Factors and Errors
Medication-Specific Risk Factors and Errors
Section 3: The “Rights” of Safe Medication Administration
Guidelines for Safe Medication Administration
The Right Drug
The Right Patient
The Right Route
The Right Dose
The Right Time
When Errors Lead to More Errors
Additional “Rights” of Medication Administration
Section 4: Strategies for Improving Medication Safety
Reducing Communication-Related Errors
Reducing Calculation and Concentration Errors
Reducing Environmental Errors
Other Strategies for Reducing Errors
Reducing Errors with Medication Reconciliation
Section 5: Conclusion
Alison L. Miller, MSN, RN-BC, FAIS, has been a psychiatric nurse for almost 30 years and a nurse educator for more than 20. Alison earned her BSN from Eastern Michigan University (Sigma Theta Tau) and MS in adult psychiatric nursing from the University of Illinois-Chicago. In 2004, she joined the US Army Nurse Corps, where she provided mental resilience training to troops and commanders prior to deployment and psychological debriefings to soldiers having just returned home. After discharge, Fort Carson recruited her to serve as their Psychiatric Nurse Consultant, tasked with helping reduce the active duty soldier suicide rates and to serve as team leader of their Behavioral Health Urgent Response Team. In 2016, she became HCA's West Florida Division's Director of Behavioral Health Education, where she was responsible for the development and roll-out of psychiatric nursing curriculum to 16 hospitals. She also created and ran an online 8-week exam prep course for WFD, which helped over 70 RNs become Board Certified as Psychiatric Nurses during a 12-month span. Alison is the principle partner of PMHRN, LLC, the author of several articles on issues facing the combat veteran, and a popular national speaker. Disclosure: Alison L. Miller, MSN, RN-BC, FAIS has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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