Safe and Effective Prescribing of Controlled Substances Nursing CE Course for APRNs

The purpose of this course is to discuss the basic safety guidelines that must be observed by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who are prescribing controlled substances. This course satisfies the specific requirements for three (3) hours of continuing professional development for advanced nurse prescribers in Florida and New York.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, the APRN should be able to:

  • describe the epidemiology of substance use disorder (SUD)
  • discuss the three different classes of controlled substances most commonly misused: indications, risks, benefits, common adverse effects, and alternatives for opioids, central nervous system (CNS) depressants, and stimulants
  • define medication tolerance, dependence, and addiction
  • highlight the evidence-based guidelines for safe prescribing practices
  • discuss pain management, including both acute and chronic pain, and special considerations for controlled substance use in older adults and pregnant patients
  • review the special circumstances involved in palliative medicine and end-of-life care
  • explore the prevention, screening, and signs of potential SUD and addiction
  • describe the appropriate response to and current treatment options for SUD and addiction
  • review the New York State and federal requirements for prescribing controlled substances

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 ANCC
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
0 is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Our ANCC provider number is P0600.

Available Credit

  • 5.00 ANCC


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