The purpose of this course is to provide unregulated or unlicensed personnel working in non-hospital care settings or facilities 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. Assisting with medications must be specifically part of your job description and within your scope of practice in your province. Depending on your province, a registered nurse, a licensed or registered practical nurse, or a registered psychiatric nurse must teach an unregulated or unlicensed care provider, or UCP, how to perform this task for each individual. Provincial or territorial legislation, your organization’s policies and procedures, and your training and education will determine your role in assisting with medications (Sorrentinao, Remmert, & Wilk, 2018).
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.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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