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Pamela Clark

Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.


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Class Accreditation

All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  

Intravenous Antibiotics: Where We Are and Where We’re Going – ß-lactams

Contact Hours: 2
Cost: $24.00

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Intravenous Antibiotics: Where We Are and Where We’re Going – ß-lactams
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

This instructional course has been designed for nurses administering and/or caring for the patient receiving intravenous antibiotics. I.V. antibiotics have been administered for nearly a century but bacterial resistance has forced an ever-increasing arsenal of drugs. In this often- changing landscape, the nurse needs a working knowledge of the antimicrobial agents available, and competency to infuse these medications in all the various administration systems in use today. This course examines the medication family known as beta-lactam antibiotics, and the various classes of drugs within this family.

State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of infusion therapy, including the administration of antimicrobial agents. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse’s employer, facility or institution. This course provides 2.00  contact hours of continuing education.
 

Objectives

Upon completion of this curriculum, the nurse will be able to:

1. Identify at least two actions that have increased the incidence of antibiotic 
    resistance.

2. Describe the use of various intravenous antibiotic admixture containers 
    and delivery systems.

3. Identify the classifications of intravenous beta-lactam antibiotics and 
    medications belonging to each class.

Curriculum

Chapter 1: Introduction
     
Antibiotic resistance
Intravenous antibiotic administration systems
Clostridium difficile

Chapter 2: Penicillins
     
Penicillin G
Nacillin
Piperacillin
Ampicillin
Aztreonam – monobactam

Chapter 3: Cephalosporins

First through fifth generation
Indications
Administration
Side Effects

Chapter 4: Carbopenems

Imipenem/Cilastatin
Meropenem
Ertapenem
Dorapenem

Chapter 5: Antibiotic Stewardship

New antibiotic initiative
Phage therapy
Supplements