Antiplatelet Therapy: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing - N1743


About Course #N1743

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Antiplatelet medications are a commonly used class of medications in the U.S. for the prevention and/or treatment of many cardiovascular disorders. The drugs are used alone or in combination to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Prescribers must utilize fundamental knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutic considerations of antiplatelet medications to ensure (a) the identification of appropriate patients for this therapy, (b) the selection of the best agent to prescribe, and (c) the initiation of proper patient monitoring of this therapy.

This course is designed for nurse practitioners who prescribe and provide care to patients taking antiplatelet medications. The purpose of this course is to increase clinicians' knowledge of antiplatelet medications to identify the best choices for the safe use of these medications.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with course #N1752 Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet, and Thrombolytic Therapies: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing.

About the Author(s)

C. Michael White, PharmD, FCP, FCCP, is professor and chair of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy Practice in Storrs, Connecticut, and co-director of the Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evidence Synthesis research group at UConn and Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, which houses one of only 13 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-designated Evidence-Based Practice Centers. Dr. White received his BS Pharm and PharmD degrees from the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, New York, and completed a cardiovascular clinical pharmacology fellowship at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.

Leanne H. Fowler, DNP, MBA, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNE, graduated with a baccalaureate of science in nursing degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) specializing in nursing education and as an adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She conducted a successful quality improvement project for her DNP project titled Preventing Oversedation in the Mechanically Ventilated Adult via Interprofessional Implementation of the RASS Tool. She has 15 years of critical care nursing experience, 8 years of nursing education experience, 2 years as a board-certified adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner in hospital medicine, and 6 months in infectious diseases.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
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