Nursing: Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids for Pennsylvania Advanced Practice Nurses

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About the Course

To renew a prescriptive authority approval for the next renewal period, Section 9.1(a)(2) of ABC-MAP requires that all CRNPs with prescriptive authority approval complete at least two hours of continuing education in pain management, the identification of addiction or in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. This course meets the requirements for the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids.  It is intended to guide Pennsylvania nurse practitioners in the practice of prescribing opioid medications in a safe and effective manner to best manage pain while remaining vigilant in the monitoring of each patient to identify misuse.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Assess patients for the appropriate use of opioid therapy.
  • Thoroughly document patient treatment, including informed consent.
  • Develop patient-specific treatment plans, including opioid selection and titration of dose while maintaining patient safety.
  • Manage opioid side effects.
  • Manage the noncompliant patient.
  • Safely discontinue opioid therapy. 
  • Manage an opioid overdose.
  • Provide patient education for patients taking opioids.


About the Author:
Bradley Gillespie, PharmD

Bradley Gillespie, PharmD, trained as a clinical pharmacist, has practiced in industrial and government settings for the past 20-plus years. His initial role was a clinical pharmacology and biopharmaceutics reviewer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), followed by 18 years of leading drug development efforts in the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries. Currently, he supports development projects at the Department of Defense. In addition to his industrial focus, he remains a registered pharmacist, operates a medical writing business focused on developing health professional continuing education programs, and serves as part-time instructor at Montgomery College.

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