Safe and Effective Controlled Substance Prescribing Practices for Advanced Practice Nurses

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About the Course


Audience

This course is intended for Advanced Practice Nurses and all nurses who are responsible for the safe and effective prescribing practices for controlled substances.

Purpose Statement

Opiate abuse has been declared a public health epidemic. In 2012, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration determined that the use of prescriptions for nonmedical purposes has increased significantly. 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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the concepts of prescription drug abuse, misuse, addiction, and diversion, including their recognition, risk factors, and prevention.
  2. Explain the laws pertaining to the prescribing of controlled substances, including the medication schedules, prescription-filling rules, registration requirements, and Florida-specific rules.
  3. Discuss the treatment of pain, including evaluation, treatment, and medications used.
  4. 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, Registered Pharmacist

Dr. 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 from the American Pharmacists Association. Dr. Ingersoll is involved in administering vaccinations and counseling patients about all medications and medication concerns on a daily basis.

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