Nursing: Pain Management, Palliative Care and Addiction for New York Advance Practice Nurses

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About the Course

Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) have a responsibility to understand the appropriate use of opioid medications, to include the risks inherent to this category of therapeutic products. Further, pursuant to Public Health Law (PHL) §3309-A(3), prescribers licensed under Title Eight of the Education Law in New York to treat humans and who have a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration number to prescribe controlled substances, as well as
medical residents who prescribe controlled substances under a facility DEA registration number, must complete at least three hours of course work or training in pain management, palliative care, and addiction. This accredited continuing education course is designed to satisfy the state of New York’s specific continuing education requirements providing an overview of the clinical use of opioids. A thorough understanding of opioids, their use, mis-use and potential solutions to this public health issue will greatly contribute to improved patient health and quality of life. Many New York APNs are likely to encounter patients in severe pain requiring treatment with opioid pain medications across multiple practice settings. It is critical that they are well-versed in the federal and state laws governing the prescribing of these products. In addition to these statutory guidelines, APNs must understand and appreciate how differing clinical use guidelines should be safely and effectively applied to various practice settings and populations. 

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Understand the extent of opioid abuse in the United States.
  • Describe two efforts supported by the New York State Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement designed to guide the appropriate use of opioid medications.
  • Distinguish between acute and chronic pain.
  • Name one element required by the New York State Office of Professions to prescribe controlled substances.
  • Describe one key difference between palliative and hospice medicine.
  • State one potential bias that a prescriber may encounter when using a substance abuse disorder assessment tool.
  • Characterize the key objective of detoxification.
  • Identify an effective antidote to opioid overdose.

About the Author: 
Bradley Gillespie, PharmD

Dr. Gillespie is trained as a clinical pharmacist and has practiced in an industrial setting for the past 25+ years. His initial role was as a Clinical Pharmacology and Biopharmaceutics reviewer at the FDA, followed by 20 years of leading Early Development programs in the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries. In addition to his industrial focus, he remains a registered pharmacist and enjoys mentoring drug development scientists and health professionals, leading workshops, and developing continuing education programs for pharmacy, nursing, and other medical professionals.

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