- Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Registered Nurses
CE activities for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians:
This continuing education (CE) activity meets the requirements of all state boards of pharmacy for approved continuing education hours. CE credit is automatically reported to CPE Monitor.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for formally approved continuing education (CE) hours, and CE hours of pharmacotherapeutics.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) for acceptable, accredited CE.
- The ANCC requires all advanced practice nursing certificants (CNSs and NPs) to complete 25 CE hours of pharmacotherapeutics as a portion of the required 75 continuing education hours.
- Pharmacology CE is recommended by the AANPCP and will be required for Certificants renewing certification starting January 2017.
- Most State Boards of Nursing require a minimum number of pharmacy contact hours to renew an advanced practice license.
Requirements for CE Credit
- Compare and contrast the 2013 and 2018 ACC/AHA cholesterol guidelines; list key similarities and differences.
- Summarize the terms "primary prevention" and "secondary prevention" as applied to cardiovascular disease. Describe the risk assessment calculators that should be used for each patient to calculate the risk of developing ASCVD.
- List the 4 statin benefit groups; recognize which patients would be placed in each group. Recommend a statin regimen based on the group a patient is placed in and/or whether they are part of a special population at risk for ASCVD.
- Discuss guideline implementation strategies and provide patient counseling tips about statins and related muscle effects, liver dysfunction, and new-onset diabetes.
Kim K. Birtcher, PharmD, MS, BCPS (AQ Cardiology), CDE, FNLA, AACC
Brief Bio : Kim K. Birtcher, PharmD, MS, BCPS (AQ Cardiology), CDE, FNLA, AACC is a Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. She is also a clinical pharmacist at Kelsey-Seybold Cardiology Clinic in Houston, Texas where she is responsible for the Secondary Prevention Lipid Clinic. Her teaching and research interests are in cardiovascular risk reduction and quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Birtcher is an active member in the American College of Cardiology, and she was on the writing committee for the 2018 ACC/AHA Cholesterol Guideline.