Advanced Medication Safety for Nurses Certificate

Program Overview

The Advanced Medication Safety for Nurses Certificate builds upon the Medication Safety Certificate to further your competencies in IV medication safety, point of care admixture, and safe bedside compounding.

 

This practical and applied certificate will translate standards and regulations into everyday  practical skills. You will have the opportunity to incorporate real world case studies and situations to demonstrate the application of IV medication safety.

The certificate is designed for working professionals and is delivered fully online using a hybrid format (2 hours of live webcasts and 2 hours of self-directed learning). At the end of the program, you will earn a certificate of completion.

This certificate can be taken as a stand alone certificate or as part of the learning pathway for the Medication Safety Professional Certificate (coming soon - please check back for more details).

How You Will Benefit:

  • Learn from a recognized field expert on quality compounding standards.
  • Review your knowledge and build upon your understanding of medication safety risks and how to mitigate these risks.

What You Will Learn:

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Recognize IV push medications, catheter related blood stream infection, hazardous and non-hazardous drugs.
  • Apply opioid diversion strategies.
  • Articulate necessary Steps for Safe Bedside Compounding.

Who Should Take This Program:

  • RNs and RPNs interested in increasing their knowledge and skill set or expanding their scope of practice to include medication safety.
  • Current patient/medication safety or quality/risk managers seeking a deeper understanding of their role and responsibilities.
  • Other clinicians interested in learning about medication safety.

Non-regulated health professionals may be admitted on a case by case basis. You will need to meet a minimum requirement of (1) bachelor's degree in a health-related field (i.e. public health, health promotion, psychology (unlicensed), kinesiology (unlicensed) etc. AND (2) working in a setting where medication safety is essential.

If you are unsure whether you meet the minimum requirements, please inquire at 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or hlln@yorku.ca.

Program Content

This program is designed for working professionals and delivered fully online in a hybrid format (Live webcasts and self-directed).

The program will cover topics such as:

  • IV medications safety: (Asynchronous & synchronous)
    • IV push medications
    • Opioid diversion strategies
    • Reducing risk of catheter related blood stream infection;
  • Point of care admixture—hazardous and non-hazardous drugs.
  • Necessary Steps for Safe Bedside Compounding

Prerequisites

  • Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse or other regulated health care professional
  • Non-regulated health professionals may be admitted on a case by case basis. You will need to meet a minimum requirement of (1) bachelor's degree in a health-related field (i.e. public health, health promotion, psychology (unlicensed), kinesiology (unlicensed) etc. AND (2) working in a setting where medication safety is essential.

Not listed here and want to take the program? Contact us for more information at 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or hlln@yorku.ca.

Faculty

Karen Laforet - RN, MClSc, VA-BC™, CVAA (C)

Senior Clinical Consultant

Portrait of Instructor Karen Laforet in a Circle FrameKaren Laforet is a Registered Nurse with a rich and diverse work history working in US, Germany and Canada.  She is a nurse leader with over 30 years of healthcare experience in critical care, community care, industry and academia in US, Germany and Canada. She is currently the Director Clinical Services for Calea Homecare—a service provider for pharmacy & nursing in the Greater Toronto Area.  She has proven skills in leadership, team building, clinical training and innovation, business development, marketing, and healthcare management.

Karen is currently a Board Member for the Canadian Vascular Access Association (CVAA), member of CVAA’s best practice guideline development group, a committee member for College of Nurses of Ontario, member of International Guideline Development Group for Wound Infection, member of Wounds Canada Policy & Advocacy Committee, and current Past President of the Ontario Wound Care Interest Group (OntWIG).  She is past president and founding Board for the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, former board member of the International Association for Vascular Access, and member of RNAO Best Practice Guideline development team. She sits on the editorial review board for Infusion Nurse’s Society Journal, Diabetic Foot Canada Journal, Journal of Vascular Access.

Certificate of Completion

At the end of the program, you will earn a certificate of completion.

Certificates are issued on completion of all mandatory requirements ( please make sure to review all of them) approximately two weeks after the program.

Please note in order to receive a certificate of completion you must have attended the program dates and/or achieve the learning objectives of your program as determined by the instructor. For more information please review our Program Policies & Disclaimer.
Optional: This program is also part of the learning pathway for the Medication Safety Professional Certificate (coming soon - please check back for more details).

Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.


Nursing Education Initiative

Nurses taking this program may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Education Initiative offered through the RNAO. You do NOT have to be an RNAO member to apply for the funding. Please visit the RNAO website, Education Funding, for more details www.rnao.org

The Allied Health Professional Development Fund

Allied Health professionals taking this Workshop may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered through HealthForce Ontario. Please visit the HealthForce Ontario website for more details http://www.ahpdf.ca/

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be used to purchase training for your employees. York University/The Health Leadership & Learning Network is an eligible training provider and the grant can be applied to all of our offerings and for in-house training.
You can apply at any time. Employers can apply for one employee or for a large group of employees
If you are an employee or employer and would like more information visit: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/index.html

Please note: Not all employers are eligible to apply, please consult the Canada-Ontario Job Grant website for more details.

Second Career

The Second Career program through Employment Ontario provides financial support for skills training needed for jobs in demand. You can apply for up to $28,000 for costs including tuition, books, transportation, basic living expenses and child care.
You qualify for Second Career when:
• you have been laid off and have not been working
• you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs
• you are receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply
To apply to Second Career, you have to work with an employment services agency. Training occupations must demonstrate evidence of good employment prospects in your local labour market. For more information, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/second-career