Ethical and Legal Implications of Prescribing Drugs

WEEK 1, PHARM ASSIGNMENT • As a nurse practitioner, you prescribe medications for your patients. You make an error when prescribing medication to a 5-year-old patient. Rather than dosing him appropriately, you prescribe a dose suitable for an adult. • • A friend calls and asks you to prescribe a medication for her. You have this autonomy, but you don’t have your friend’s medical history. You write the prescription anyway. • • You see another nurse practitioner writing a prescription for her husband, who is not a patient of the nurse practitioner. The prescription is for a narcotic. You can’t decide whether or not to report the incident. • During your lunch break at the hospital, you read a journal article on pharmacoeconomics. You think of a couple of patients who have recently mentioned their financial difficulties. You wonder if some of the expensive drugs you have prescribed are sufficiently managing the patients’ health conditions and improving their quality of life. During this week of Week 1, we will analyze factors that may influence pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics processes of a patient and assess the details of a personalized plan of care that you develop based on influencing factors and patient history. We will also evaluate and analyze ethical and legal implications and practices related to prescribing drugs, including disclosure and nondisclosure, and analyze the process of writing prescriptions to avoid medication errors. The learning objectives are as listed below: • Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes in patients • Assess patient factors and history to develop personalized plans of care • Evaluate ethical and legal implications related to prescribing drugs • Analyze ethical and legal practices of prescribing drugs • Analyze strategies to address disclosure and nondisclosure • Justify advanced practice nurse strategies to guide prescription drug decision-making • Analyze the process of writing prescriptions to avoid medication errors  • Assignment: Ethical and Legal Implications of Prescribing Drugs:

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