Caregivers who assist residents with self-administering their medications must be aware that residents may experience side effects from their medications. This course provides basic information about common medications and the side effects associated with them, as well as how to respond when a resident experiences an adverse reaction to a medication. The content in this course is applicable to medication aides in assisted living facilities.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Common Medications and Their Side Effects
Classes of Medications
Classes of Medications Organized by Body Systems
Cardiovascular System Medications
Respiratory System Medications
Medications for the Skin
Urinary System Medications
Gastrointestinal (Digestive) System Medications
Section 3: Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Adverse Reactions and Side Effects
Common Mild to Moderate Side Effects
Serious Side Effects
Most Common Side Effects
Communicating Your Concerns
Section 4: Conclusion
Jennifer W. Burks is a Curriculum Designer in Post-Acute Care for Relias. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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