Module 1: Professional Accountability and Prescribing

Lesson 4


Prescribing controlled drugs and substances is complex, requiring nurses to balance the benefits and the risks of their use. There are many resources available to reduce risks and protect patients from adverse effects. Steps nurses can take include a comprehensive health examination, collaboration with other providers, use of reliable databases and assessment tools, employment of treatment agreements, and random testing. Proper documentation and record keeping helps establish that a high-quality standard of care is being met.