Ensuring Safe Administration of Medication

AACN: Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology Course

Exclusively from Elsevier and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), AACN: Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology was developed to help healthcare organizations effectively educate staff nurses about the theory and practice of medication administration. This unique, online course uses highly interactive case studies to help nurses deepen their understanding of how drugs work, why drugs cause adverse effects, and what the implications are for nursing care.

This interactive course:

  • Prepares nurses to safely administer drugs used most often with acutely and critically ill patients
  • Focuses on patient safety issues surrounding medication  administration, and how an acute and critical care nurse can  prevent errors when administering high-alert medications
  • Engages learners through realistic scenarios involving complex decision making
  • Uses interactive learning checks to validate knowledge about drug administration
  • Offers continuing education contact hours*

The AACN: Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology online course provides nurses with essential information to administer medications safely to ensure quality patient care, regardless of where the patient is located. In today’s healthcare settings, critically ill patients are not only found in critical care units. In fact, patients outside of the critical care unit often require complex care and receive high-alert medications, which have an increased risk for causing significant patient harm.

For critical care nurses, the AACN: Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology course is a perfect complement to an orientation program, such as the AACN:  Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) online course. The pharmacology lessons can be integrated into other programs to enhance the classroom and clinical education experience. In addition, this evidence-based course allows educators to assign individual lessons to experienced acute and critical care nurses in an effort to address individual learning needs and gaps in safe medication administration.

Lesson Topics Include:

  • Patient Safety in Critical Care Drug Administration
  • Introduction to Pharmacology Principles, Part I: Pharmacokinetics
  • Introduction to Pharmacology Principles, Part II: Pharmacodynamics
  • Vasoactive Medications
  • Antiarrhythmic Medications
  • Medications for Pain and Sedation
  • Paralytic Medications
  • Blood and Blood products
  • Integrated Final Exam

* The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the State Boards of Nursing of Alabama (#ABNP0062), California (#CEP01036), and Louisiana (#ABN12). AACN programming meets the standards for most other states requiring mandatory continuing education credit for relicensure.

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