Avoiding Medication-Related Problems

Avoiding Medication-Related Problems 

As people age, they typically need to take more medications, which can lead to medication-related problems. This course will cover common problems associated with medications and ways to avoid these problems. Whenever you are administering medications, it is important for you to ensure that the task is within your scope of practice and that you are familiar with your organization’s policies and procedures surrounding the task.


Hours: 0.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

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

0.75 HOURS

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


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 0.70 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-AMRP
Hours: 0.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe three common medication-related problems.
Describe the difference between adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, and adverse drug events.
Describe five medication administration techniques that help reduce the potential for medication-related problems.
Discuss two ways of teaching people about their medications.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Medication Errors, Events, Interactions, and Reactions A. Medication Use in Older Adults B. Risks vs. Benefits C. Medication Errors D. Medication Side Effects E. Adverse Drug Reactions F. Drug Interactions G. Allergic Reactions H. Adverse Drug Events I. Review J. Summary Section 3: Avoiding Problems with Medication Administration A. The “Rights” of Medication Administration B. Right Medication C. Right Person D. Right Dose E. Right Route F. Right Time G. Right Technique H. Right to Refuse I. Right Documentation J. Medication Reconciliation K. Review L. Summary Section 4: Teaching Individuals about Medication Management A. Safety First B. Teachable Moments C. Teach Back D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. References D. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN
Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN, Content Writer, Relias Learning, has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, research nurse clinician, and clinical instructor with over 25 years of clinical practice in a broad range of specialties: med/surg, pediatrics, long term care, mental health, research, and IDD. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, Ms. Schnaufer successfully challenged the Practical Nursing Boards in NY. After working with the Breast Oncology Research group at Duke, Ms. Schnaufer switched her focus to the area of IDD and worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, who live in group homes. Among her various responsibilities in this area was to train direct support staff and clinicians in medical issues/medication administration, participate in state surveys, providing and implementing plans of correction, as well as, serving on various committees, such as Human Rights, to help improve the lives of the individuals supported. To this day, she continues to volunteer in this realm. A veteran of the U.S.A.F., Ms. Schnaufer is committed to creating relevant and intelligent continuing education courses for healthcare professionals throughout the continuum of care. Disclosure: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, 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: Intermediate level Activities Professional; Intermediate level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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F697, F755, F757, F759, F760
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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