Prescribing Scheduled Drugs 2011: Honing Your Skills

The goal of this course is to help advanced practice registered nurses hone their skills in prescribing scheduled drugs to provide optimal care for patients. Topics address best practices in choosing to prescribe scheduled drugs. Teaching methods include lecture, case studies, questions and discussion.

Publish Date: July 1, 2011. This course will be available for three years from this date.

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Target Audience

Nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and other health care professionals in all settings.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

  • Describe best practices for prescribing scheduled drugs to maximize patient outcomes.
  • Describe how the three R’s (response, remission, recover) influence prescribing of scheduled drugs.
  • Explain key universal precautions in prescribing controlled substances.
  • Discuss the nuts and bolts of prescribing scheduled drugs, including pain management guidelines and pain agreements, DEA regulations, the benefits and challenges of electronic prescribing, and interacting with the state board about your practice.
  • Explain the indications and prescribing considerations for benzodiazepines.
  • Describe practice pearls for the pharmacologic management of sleep.
  • Describe the epidemic of misuse of prescription medications and prescriber approaches to minimize the misuse.
  • Discuss situations that trigger prescriber discomfort and strategies that enhance the effectiveness of patient interactions.
  • Discuss current issues that affect the prescribing practices of ARNPs. 

Additional Information


The Choice to Prescribe Controlled Substances

The Savvy Prescriber: The 3 Rs

Universal Precautions in Pain Medicine

Pain Management Guidelines: A Guide to the Guidelines

The New Washington State Rules on Pain Management

DEA Regulations

Electronic Prescriptions and Controlled Substances

Interacting with Your State Board

Panel Q and A

Prescribing Benzodiazepines: What, Why, When, and Where

Management of Sleep Disorders in the Primary Care Setting

The Nonmedical Use of Prescription Medications: What and Why

Managing Difficult Patient Situations

Prescribing in 2011: What Else Should I Know

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 10.00 Contact hours
  • 10.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Marie-Annette Brown, PhD, ARNP, FNP-C, FAAN
Professor, Family and Child Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Washington; Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Care Clinic, University of Washington Medical Center
Ruth Carter, MBA, BS
Group Supervisor, Seattle Field Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, Seattle
Shannon Fitzgerald, MSN, ARNP
Chief, Advanced Practice Services, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle
Tim Fuller, RPh, MS, FAHSP
Pharmacist Consultant, Board of Pharmacy, Washington State Department of Health, Olympia
Medical Services Manager and Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Kitsap Mental Health Services, Bremerton, WA
Richard Ries, MD
Director of Addictions, Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
Pamela Stitzlein Davies, MS, ARNP
Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care and Supportive Care, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/UW
Sarah Stolz, MD, ACP, FAASM
Medical Director, Sleep Medicine Associates; Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology, School of Medicine, University of Washington
Patti Varley, MN, ARNP, CS
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Seattle Children’s; Clinical Faculty, Departments of Family and Child Nursing and Psychosocial and Community Health, School of Nursing, University of Washington

Available Credit

  • 10.00 Contact hours
  • 10.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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