About the Course
This course meets the Florida 3 contact hour pharmacology course requirement for safe and effective controlled prescribing practices for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
Nurse practitioners who prescribe controlled substances have a great responsibility to ensure patients receive the care they need, while also preventing their prescriptions from becoming a source of abuse or diversion. This course serves to provide an overview of the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, and three of the most common disease states that warrant more frequent prescribing of controlled substances.
- Describe the concepts of prescription drug abuse, misuse, addiction, and diversion, including their recognition, risk factors, and prevention.
- Explain the laws pertaining to the prescribing of controlled substances, including the medication schedules, prescription-filling rules, registration requirements, and Florida-specific rules.
- Discuss the treatment of pain, including evaluation, treatment, and medications used.
- Discuss the treatment of ADHD, including evaluation, treatment, and medications used.
- Discuss the treatment of anxiety, including evaluation, treatment, and medications used.
- Describe steps to take to ensure safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, including professional documentation, patient-provider agreements, and informed consent.
About the Author
Katie Ingersoll, PharmD, RPh
Katie Ingersoll graduated from Northeastern University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2009. She works for a national chain pharmacy and has a certificate in Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery from the American Pharmacists Association. She is actively involved in administering vaccinations and counseling patients about vaccine-related concerns on a daily basis.