Introduction to Complementary, Alternative, and Traditional Therapies

Author(s): Debra Kramlich, RN, MSN, CCRN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 01, 2018

Topics: Medication Management, Multisystem

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The use of complementary, alternative, and traditional therapies is increasing in the United States, and patients and their families are bringing these practices into the acute care setting. Acute and critical care nurses are in a unique and trusted position to advocate for their patients and to promote safe incorporation of complementary, alternative, and traditional therapies into the plan of care.


  • Distinguish between types of complementary and alternative medicine or modalities
  • Discuss the significance of complementary and alternative medicine use for acute and critical care nurses
  • Identify benefits of nonpharmacologic therapies for critically ill patients

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