Medication Management Part 2: Understanding Medications

Medication Management Part 2: Understanding Medications 

Before you administer medications, you should understand basic medication concepts and terminology. This can help you be sure you are following orders and administering medication correctly. It can also help you identify possible problems.

This course will provide an overview of medications. You will learn about medication names, common forms, and routes of administration. You will also learn about medication effects, side effects, and interactions. Finally, you will learn about common types of medications and their use.

The goal of this course is to provide direct support professionals in IDD service settings with an introduction to medication concepts and terminology.

This course is Part 2 of a 4-part series on Medication Management. To learn how to administer medications, you must take all four courses. This series of courses does NOT certify you to administer medications. It is designed to prepare you for your agency’s certification process.



$15.00

Hours: 0.50
REL-IDD-0-UM

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

0.5 HOURS


This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-UM
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Identify basic medication concepts and terminology.
Identify common medication forms and administration routes.
Define medication effects, side effects, and interactions.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Medication Basics

Understanding Medications

Medication Names

Medication Routes and Forms

Common Routes

Medication Doses

Medication Effects

Medication Interactions

Monitoring Medication Effects

Prescription vs. Over-the-Counter

Medication Classes

Psychotropic Medications

Review

Summary

Section 3: Conclusion

Summary

Course Contributors

Resources

References

Congratulations!

Instructor: Catherine Kluttz-Hile, BSN, MA, RN, CDDN
Ms. Kluttz-Hile has worked with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over forty years. She is the President of Kluttz Health Care Consulting, PC. She works with organizations that provide supports for people with IDD in North Carolina. Over her career she has supervised health services, staff training, and outreach departments in NC developmental centers; in the Division of Public Health as a Nurse Consultant/Program Manager in programs for people with special health care needs and the NC Infant-Toddler Program. In addition, she has worked with community-based IDD programs in quality improvement/program development.  Ms. Kluttz-Hile is a Mentor Trainer for Person Centered Thinking through the Learning Community for Person Centered Thinking.

Ms. Kluttz-Hile is a member of the national Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association, where she holds a national certification in Developmental Disabilities Nursing.

Disclosure: Catherine Kluttz-Hile, BSN, MA, RN, CDDN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 14 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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