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Free Course | Preventing Medication Errors: What Nurses Can Do

Brooke Phillips, CWCMS
Editor | Shield HealthCare
10/03/17  5:15 PM PST
Preventing Medication Errors

*This course offers 0.5 contact hour of free continuing nursing education credit.

Medication errors are common, easy to make, and can be deadly to the patient. Learn the 12 points in the medication process where errors can occur, and key strategies to prevent medication errors from occurring in the healthcare environment.

Learning Objectives

After completing this free online course, you should be able to:

  • Know the 12 types of errors that can occur along the path from ordering to delivering medications to patients.
  • Follow the medication safety recommendations by The Joint Commission as well as other organizations and agencies.
  • Describe the importance of involving patients themselves in the treatment process as a means of ensuring safer medication administration.
  • Enhance communication between patients and the hospital staff involved in their care.

To complete this activity and obtain CE credit, you must do the following:

  1. View the program “Preventing Medication Errors Part 3: What Nurses Can Do.”
  2. Read the Course Introduction/Disclosures section in its entirety.
  3. Read the course material.
  4. Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Submit the online activity evaluation form.

Who Should Take this Course

All healthcare professionals, caregivers, and patients who prescribe, administer, or take medication including:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Professional caregivers
  • Family caregivers
  • Individuals/Patients
  • Home health agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice agencies
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Acute care hospitals
  • Rehabilitation facilities

How to Start

Create an account at www.medcomrn.com/shieldhealthcare. Once you’ve logged in, you will see the course listed in the center of the page. Select the course to begin.

Upon completion you have the option to take the course post-test. A score of 80% or higher will qualify you for your certificate of completion which you can print for your records.

Once you’ve created an account, you can use that login to take all other Shield-U courses that will be released this year! A history of completed courses will be kept for your convenience in your account.


Continuing Education Credit

0.5 contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit is provided by Medcom/Trainex, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation*, the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider # 50-1285).

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