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Helping Patients with Self-Administration of Medications

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2018

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No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

Most people can safely self-administer their own medications but if a mistake is made there is potential for harm and damage. The practice laws that govern the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) practice role in each state may require CNAs who oversee patients’ medication self-administration to have special training, pass a test, and obtain certification. Basic knowledge about patient self-administration of medications include evaluation of whether a patient can self-administer medications safely and accurately. There is potential for mistakes and harm but most patients can learn to self-administer medications effectively and safely if they are properly educated and supported to do so appropriately and by following the five-rights of safe medication administration.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Medication Self-Administration
  • Self-Administration of Non-prescription Medication
  • Six Rights of Medication Administration
  • Medication Errors
  • Medication Side Effects and Drug Interactions
  • Patient Education for Self-Administration
  • Practical Tips for Self-administration

Learning Objectives

  • Identify what substances are considered medications.
  • Identify the six rights of medication administration.
  • Identify a medication error.
  • Help patients learn and perform self-administration of medications.


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