Importance of Understanding Medication Administration in Nursing Homes and Skilled Nursing Facilities

This is a comprehensive course designed for healthcare professionals working in long-term care settings. This course emphasizes the critical role of accurate and safe medication administration in ensuring the well-being of residents. Participants will explore best practices for handling medications, understand regulatory and legal requirements, and learn to identify and mitigate potential risks associated with medication errors. This course will also address the Beer’s List and how it is used.

Key topics include the concept of medication use in residents at different stages of aging, resident-centered care, and resident rights. Through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application, this course aims to enhance the competency and confidence of caregivers, ultimately improving patient outcomes and maintaining high standards of care in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities.

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Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of medication use in residents at different stages of aging and resident-centered care.
  2. Explain the ten resident rights when considering medication administration.
  3. Discuss general communication with patients and/or caregivers regarding the role of medication, highlighting strategies for initiating or discontinuing medications using goals of care and advance directives as a guide.
  4. Explain the Beer’s List and how it is used properly and improperly.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: Medication Administration

Chapter 2: Resident Rights

Chapter 3: General Communication with Patients and/or Caregivers Regarding Medication

Chapter 4: Beers Criteria

Price: $12.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Carey Peerman

Dr. Peerman earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago (2019), a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Radford University (2001), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Radford University (1998). She is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and a Registered Nurse. Additionally, Dr. Peerman also holds certificates in Healthcare Administration- Long Term Care from Mary Baldwin College, Executive Leadership from The University of Notre Dame, Six Sigma Green Belt/Lean DFSS from Aventa, a certificate in Gerontology from The University of Texas-Austin and is a Certified Quality Professional. She also serves as a Healthcare Consultant and is owner of Clear Edge Consulting, LLC. She is the author of Authentic Leadership: Your Journey to a Five-Star Career and The Resilient Leader: A Foundational Guide to Developing Resilient Leadership Vol.1

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