Medication Safety Certificate

Program Overview

Learn how you can enhance patient safety and quality improvement through risk mitigation and harm reduction.

 

This interactive program will empower you with the confidence and practical skills needed to advance safety elements into your practice, across any healthcare setting, to improve outcomes for your patients.

Medication safety is defined as "freedom from preventable harm with medication use (ISMP Canada, 2007)". Medication errors, especially intravenous therapies present the greatest risk. The first step for preventing harm is assessing all types of risk that are inherent in the medication process.

Events in Canada and in the United States have sparked the formation of standards and guidelines. National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), Accreditation Canada, Institute for Safe Mediation Practice (ISMP) standards and guidelines serve as best practices for any healthcare professional involved in medication delivery, and will be reviewed in the program.

This 15-hour program is designed for working professionals and is delivered fully online using a hybrid format (10 hours of live webcasts and 5 hours of self-directed learning). At the end of the program, you will earn a certificate of completion.

Optional: This program is also part of the learning pathway for the Medication Safety Professional Certificate (coming soon - please check back for more details).

How You Will Benefit:

  • Gain practical knowledge and skills to enhance person and patient safety, assess risks and reduce preventable harm.
  • Understand rationale for the use of medication safety and PPE best practices in risk reduction.
  • Demonstrate knowledge translation principles in adaptation of standards/guidelines to meet local needs

What You Will Learn:

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

  • Translate standards and regulations into everyday practical skills.
  • Articulate mitigation strategies and identify medication safety elements.
  • Apply NAPRA standards to eliminate types of risks inherent to sterile and non-sterile compounding.
  • Differentiate between asepsis and sterility, and the types of risks that can affect patient safety.
  • Identify necessary steps to perform aseptic compounding at the bedside
  • Demonstrate donning and doffing of PPE.

Who Should Take This Program:

  • Regulated health professionals 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.
  • 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 15-hour program is designed for working professionals and delivered fully online in a hybrid format (10 hours of live webcasts and 5 hours of self-directed learning).

Module 1: Advancing the Practice of Medication Safety

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Overview of current standards, guidelines; reasons for changes and relevance for today’s practice: CNO, NAPRA, USP, CANO, CVAA, ISMP
  • Medication safety roles and responsibilities for individual and organization
  • Case study review re: just culture, at-risk elements that contribute to medication errors
  • Medication admixing and delivery in various settings

Module 2: Asepsis

The program will cover topics such as:

  • 3 important concepts of aseptic technique
  • Aseptic vs sterile
  • Aseptic non-touch technique (ANTT®)
  • Area clearance
  • Critical site
  • Aseptic break
  • Best practices and case studies
  • Critical handling of devices

Module 3: Personal Protective Equipment

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Keeping Yourself Safe
  • Donning and doffing PPE procedure for interaction with infectious patient
  • Donning and doffing PPE for handling hazardous drugs  and aseptic compounding
  • Mitigation Strategies to Ensure Safety for Yourself and Medications during PPE Shortages

Module 4: Risk Mitigation & Quality Management

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Risk definition and assessment
  • How to perform a risk assessment
  • Case study analysis
  • Risk mitigation strategies

Module 5: Medication Safety for Older Adults

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Medication reconciliation and dispensing considerations
  • Assessing risk for medication toxicity
  • Considerations for critically ill including alternative options for medication delivery and customizing doses

Prerequisites

  • 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.

Bette Krasnoff - BSC. PHARM., B.COMM.

 

An acknowledged leader with an extensive and accomplished consulting background Bette Krasnoff is an early leader in the home infusion industry in Canada, having held several corporate positions. As Vice President, Pharmacy at Calea, Bette was committed to high-level, hands-on service to customers and patients. She has a consistent record of developing innovative solutions to complex infusion pharmacy operations, exceeding expectations, and forging long-term relationships. Renowned for her high-energy collaborative management style, Bette has conducted numerous studies, audits and change management initiatives for a wide range of healthcare organizations from coast to coast.

Bette’s expertise includes all aspects of the sterile compounding practice such as facility design, SOP development, training, quality systems and compliance auditing. As VP, Pharmacy, she established best practices in both clinical and operational services. In 2012, she designed and qualified a new state-of-the-art pharmacy compounding facility in Hamilton, Ontario. This was one of the first GMP designed compounding pharmacies in Canada. She has worked with microbiologists in developing environmental and personnel monitoring programs that surpass NAPRA guidelines.

Patient safety is a primary focus for Bette. Her expertise in medication safety and continuous improvement are vital in the high-risk and complex practice of sterile pharmacy compounding. Bette led the patient safety committee for Calea during Accreditation Canada and implemented many safety standards. She worked closely with Calea’s quality assurance department and instilled a strong and sustained safety culture in the organization. Bette led many compliance audits such as regulatory, corporate, ISO and Accreditation Canada.

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