As caregivers increase their focus on high-quality care and patient safety, a misstep in safe prescription or in the administration of medication can have dire consequences. Therefore, it is critical for both advanced practice nurses who prescribe medication and acute and critical care nurses who administer medication to be armed with the latest clinical knowledge.
AACN: Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology offers advanced practice nurses and acute and critical care nurses the latest evidence-based knowledge for the safe prescription and administration of medications frequently used in caring for acutely and critically ill patients.
For nurse leaders, the course helps cultivate a culture of patient safety by providing acute and critical care nurses with current standards established by clinical experts in the nursing, pharmacy, transfusion and cellular therapy fields. The course:
- Covers vasoactive medications, antidysrhythmic medications, medications for pain and sedation, neuromuscular blockade medications and blood and blood products
- Addresses patient safety, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
- Offers pharmacology CE hours by lesson to assist advanced practice nurses in meeting their CE requirements. APRN considerations appear throughout each lesson
- Provides in-depth coverage of best practices specific to acute and critical care
- Engages learners through realistic scenarios with best practices and evidence-based interventions for complex decision-making
- Explains multifaceted concepts through interactive learning checks and custom animations to confirm and reinforce learning
Pharmacology CE hours are available upon completion of individual lessons and associated tests, offering up to 10.6 CE hours in all. Pharmacology CE for APRNs is available for up to six hours. The course features eight lessons based on current standards and evidence for safe prescription and medication administration as set forth by professional, regulatory and certifying bodies. This course is a collaborative effort between AACN, Elsevier Clinical Solutions and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
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Course Learning Objectives
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Identify patient safety issues related to medication administration in acute and critical care
- Differentiate pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, and the effect on individuals or specific patient populations
- Describe the actions of vasoactive medications and how to assess patients for intended pharmacodynamic effects and possible adverse reactions
- Review the mechanism of action, desired effects, possible adverse effects, and safe dosages of antidysrhythmic medications
- Assess patients for pain and anxiety, and the effects of analgesics and sedatives
- Manage issues related to use of paralytic medications, and avoid potentially dangerous adverse reactions
- Describe common blood products, and implement processes to safely administer them
Continuing Education Disclosure Statement
Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, pass the post-test with a score of 80 percent or better, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the continuing education (CE) contact hours or CERP. No partial hours or credit will be awarded.
Disclosure This activity has been reviewed by the nurse planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. Approval of a CE activity does not imply endorsement by AACN or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with the activity.
Accreditation The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012 (60-minute contact hour). AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, California Provider Number CEP01036 for up to 12.6 contact hours (50-minute contact hour).
AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory CE contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill CE requirements.