The purpose of this course is to provide unlicensed personnel working in residential care, home care, and hospice with the basic information and knowledge to properly assist individuals with self-administration of their medications. The different types of medications and medication orders are presented, and you will learn to recognize a medication order that requires judgment or discretion and respond appropriately. You will discover the components of a medication label, as well as detect when information is missing or incorrect on the label and in a medication order. Finally, you will observe various special instructions often found in medication orders and the normal parameters or ranges for medication orders. 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 acknowledge the fact that practice guidelines and regulations do vary from state to state and from organization to organization.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.
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.
59A-36.011 Staff Training Requirements. Location: Online
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Medications A. Types of Medications B. Over-the-Counter Medications C. Prescription Medications D. Controlled Medications E. Review F. Summary Section 3: Types and Components of Medication Orders A. Definition B. Routine Orders C. PRN Orders D. Meet Ester E. Abbreviations F. Review G. Summary Section 4: Components of Medication Labels A. Medication Labels B. Let's Practice C. Special Instructions D. Review E. Summary Section 5: Clarification, Judgment, and Discretion A. Thinking it Through B. Clarification C. Additional Recommendations D. Judgment and Discretion E. Mrs. Quimby F. Ranges G. Minimal Directions H. Review I. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!
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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