Nursing: Prescribing Controlled Substances: The Scope and Ethics for Advanced Practice Nurses

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About the Course

Target audience: The target audience for this education program is acute registered nurse practitioners who want to practice evidence-based care when treating patients with controlled substances. 

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to diagnosis pain.
  • Describe the role of patient-centered care in the treatment of patients with pain.
  • Identify methods to monitor opioid compliance (e.g., urine drug screens, prescription drug monitoring).
  • Recall appropriate patient counseling points on controlled substances.
  • Discuss the incidence of substance abuse and methods to help deter it.
  • Report the ethical issues with prescribing controlled substances.
  • Summarize the legal aspects of controlled substance prescriptions.
  • List the benefits and risks of using medical marijuana to treat patients.
  • Distinguish between low-, medium-, and high-risk patients when prescribing opioids.
  • Calculate the appropriate dose when converting opioid products.

About the Author

Jodi Dreiling, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Dr. Jodi Dreiling completed her doctor of pharmacy degree at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. Subsequently, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Dreiling is currently a critical care pharmacotherapy specialist at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She is also board certified in pharmacotherapy and critical care. She is involved with the education of other health care professionals and holds several college appointments.

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