Medication Administration Best Practices - Online Inservice

The administration of a medication is usually considered a chief responsibility of the nurse. Physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses are generally trained and authorized to administer medications, but other medical disciplines, such as the certified medication aide/med tech may have a limited responsibility in this area, as well. In some circumstances, unlicensed personnel may be trained and authorized to administer medications in residential care settings such as assisted living residences. Laws regarding medication administration vary from state to state.

The practice of administering medication involves providing the patient with a substance prescribed and intended for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a medical illness or condition. The act of medication administration involves the actual and complete conveyance of the substance to the patient. There is a wide set of practices necessary to achieve safe and effective outcomes of medication administration. Knowledge of the best practices of drug administration techniques is of utmost importance to ensure the safe delivery of the medication to the patient.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. State the 10 rights of medication administration.
  2. List the different types of topical medications.
  3. State which medications cannot be crushed.
  4. Describe how to take an apical pulse.
  5. Distinguish between the different types of oral medications.
  6. List the sequence of inhaler administration when administering multiple inhaled medications.
  7. List the appropriate IM injection sites.


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Medication Administration Best Practices

Chapter 3: Oral

  • Oral, Sublingual, Buccal
  • Enteral
  • Inhalation
  • Nasal

Chapter 4: Topical

  • Topical
  • Transdermal
  • Rectal Suppositories, Enemas
  • Vaginal Medications

Chapter 5: Injection

  • Subcutaneous
    • Insulin
  • Intradermal
  • Intramuscular
    • Z-Track Method

Chapter 6: Ophthalmic and Otic

  • Eyedrops, Ointment
  • Eardrops

Chapter 7: References

Price: $20.00

Contact Hours: 2

Course Author

Kendall Moore

Kendall is a 2022 Magna Cum Laude graduate from Tyler Junior College with an Associates Degree in Nursing. She has a huge passion for all things nutrition and hormone health, is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and is enrolled in Pacific College's RN-to-BSN in Holistic Nursing program. Upon graduation, Kendall intends to begin a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program!

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Course Accreditation

Provider approved by the Florida and Wyoming Board of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants, and the New Mexico Board of Nursing-Certified Medication Aide and Certified Medication Aide II. CE Broker Provider #: 50-13256.

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