Medication Management for ALFs: Part IV

Medication Management for ALFs: Part IV 

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 following additional courses in this series on managing medications in assisted living facilities are also available: Part I Medication Labels, Part II Storage and Disposal of Medications, Part III Assistance with Self-Administration of Medication. The content in this course is applicable to medication aides in assisted living facilities.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO2034249

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 1.50 contact hours.

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


North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services


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 1.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-MMAP4
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2026
Learning Objectives:
Describe at least three common side effects of medications.
Define side effect and adverse reaction.
Identify at least three mild to moderate and three serious side effects.
Explain how to respond appropriately when a resident experiences a side effect of a medication.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Common Medications and Their Side Effects

Classes of Medications


Anti-Infective 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

Endocrine System

Nervous System



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


Course Contributor




Instructor: Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, R.N., M.S.N. 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.” 

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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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