Nursing: Clinical Advances in Oral Antihyperglycemic Medication and Insulin Pump Therapies

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About the Course

Diabetes and oral antihyperglycemic medications are in the news every day. Staying ahead of current research and treatment options is an uphill challenge. This medication rich course is for all nurses and advanced nurse practitioners responsible for prescribing oral antihyperglycemic medications and managing patients with diabetes.  The course provides the latest in oral antihyperglycemic medications and treatment options, including insulin pump therapies. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe the normal process of blood glucose metabolism in healthy adults.
  • Discuss the altered process of blood glucose metabolism in patients with diabetes. 
  • Recognize the effects of sulfonylureas and meglitinides on blood glucose control, cardiovascular effects, adverse reactions, and currently available products. 
  • Discuss the effects of metformin (Glucophage) on blood glucose control, cardiovascular effects, and its potential adverse reactions. 
  • Recognize the characteristics of thiazolidinediones, including effects on blood glucose control, impact on cardiovascular health, and contraindications to the use of this class of medication. 
  • Explain the effects of amylin analogs on blood glucose control, cardiovascular effects, adverse reactions, and their dosing. 
  • Describe the characteristics of alpha glucosidase inhibitors, including effects on blood glucose control, cardiovascular effects, dosing, and currently available products. 
  • Discuss the characteristics of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, including effects on blood glucose control, cardiovascular effects, adverse reactions, and the use of short-acting versus long-acting agents.
  • Explain the characteristics of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, including effects on blood glucose control, cardiovascular effects, adverse reactions, and currently available DPP-4 inhibitors. 
  • Identify the characteristics of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors, including effects on blood glucose control, common adverse reactions, and currently available SGLT-2 inhibitors. 
  • Differentiate mechanisms of action between basal and bolus insulins.
  • Discuss common types of insulin regimens along with availability of products. 
  • Identify benefits and risks associated with insulin pump therapy.
  • Discuss choosing a treatment plan for patients with diabetes based on the current treatment recommendations.

About the Author:
Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh

Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh, is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Vancouver, Washington, serving long-term care facilities in the area since 2016. Ms. Blair also has over six years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2009 with a doctor of pharmacy degree. She has written and revised continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.

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