Nurses practicing in West Virginia are required, by law, to complete at least 3 contact hours of continuing education on the subject of prescription drug abuse and diversion initially and at least one contact hour every year thereafter. In order to satisfy this requirement, this state-specific course should be completed in combination with another course of at least four contact hours such as our course Current Concepts in Pain Management. The combination provides both general knowledge regarding pain management and West Virginia’s specific efforts to curb prescription substance abuse.
This course meets the one contact-hour annual requirement for healthcare professionals who prescribe, dispense, and/or administer Schedule II – IV controlled substances and may be completed as a stand-alone course for that purpose.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Legal Requirements
Chapter 3: Naloxone
Chapter 4: Rise of Opioid Abuse
Chapter 5: Avenues for Abuse/Diversion
Chapter 6: Patient Addiction Behaviors
Chapter 7: Healthcare Addiction Behaviors
Chapter 8: The Addicted Nurse
Chapter 9: Pain Management Universal Precautions
Chapter 10: Patient Education
Chapter 11: DEA “Red Flags”
Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.Read Full Bio