The purpose of this course is to provide unregulated or unlicensed care providers, commonly abbreviated UCP, working in non-hospital care settings with the basic information and knowledge to properly assist individuals with self-administration of 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 UCPs. It reviews some basic terminology associated with medication use including brand versus generic name, dosage, routes, indications, contraindications, and adverse reactions. It discusses medications that are commonly encountered and common side effects. As you progress through this course, it is critical for you to 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, legislation, and regulations vary from province to province and from organization to organization.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Administration vs Self-Administration A. Meet Pete B. Assisting versus Administering C. Know Your Scope of Practice D. A Deeper Look E. The Role of UCPs F. The Responsibilities of UCPs 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!
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.Expert Reviewer: Helen T. Russell, R.N., BHSc(N)
Helen has an extensive career history in both home health and long term care administration and education. Currently she provides general administration, clinical nursing, and operational consultative services to administration and staff in long term care facilities as well as policy and procedure review and development and learning and development program review and development. She works with local community health organizations to deliver the Stanford University curriculum in Pain Self-Management and in Living a Health Life with Chronic Conditions. In addition, she works with private clients facilitating their process in navigating the home care and long term care admission processes. Disclosure: Helen T. Russell, R.N., BHSc(N) has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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