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Types of medication legislators
federal regulations, state and local regulations, health care institutions and medication laws, medication regulations and nursing practice
federal regulator which ensures that all medications on the market undergo vigorous testing before they are sold to the public
state and local regulations
must conform to federal legislation and often have additional controls (controlled substances, alcohol, tobacco)
health care institutions and medication laws
establish individual policies to meet federal, state, and local regulations; the institution is primarily concerned with perventing poor health outcomes resulting from medication use
medication regulations and nursing practice
state nurse practice acts have the most influences over nursing practice by defining the scopre of a nurse's professional functions and responsibilities; primary intent of NPAs is to protect the public from unskilled, undereducated, and unlicensed personnel
What is pharmacokinetics?
study of how medications enter the body, reach their site of action, metabolize, and exit the body
Why should nurses understand pharmacokinetics?
- - timing of medication administration
- - selection of route of administration
- - considering client's risk for alterations in medication action
- - evaluating the client's response