Addressing Polypharmacy through Responsible Prescribing: A Deprescribing training for Nurse Practitioners

This training is designed to provide supplemental education for nurse practitioners on deprescribing to address polypharmacy in the older adult population and to provide nurse practitioners with the skills to successfully deprescribe medications.

The training consists of:

  • Pre-test
  • Three self-paced modules
  • One deprescribing simulation
  • Post-test

A score of 80 is needed to pass the competency portion of the training. Participants are allowed one retake before having to repeat the presentation portion of the study. Participants can take the posttest three times to achieve a passing score.

After the training, participants will be awarded three pharmacology continuing education units. 

Target Audience

  • Gerontology Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Nurse Practitioners  
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioners 

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for this module are to:

  • Describe the problems resulting from polypharmacy and how deprescribing can be utilized to prevent adverse events.
  • Select the deprescribing tools (i.e., Beers Criteria/STOPP/START criteria) available to assist in deprescribing.
  • Identify the specific drug class to target for deprescribing.
  • Apply an appropriate strategy for the safe discontinuation of common medication using a simulation case study
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.30 Completion
  • 3.30 Nursing CEU
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Ava WilliamsThe primary contact for the research study is Ava Williams of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University.

Ava has ten years of clinical nursing experience and has served in various nursing roles, including research, inpatient care, public health, management, quality improvement, and regulatory positions. Ava’s career goal is to improve access to care in underserved/vulnerable communities. Ava's current research focuses on deprescribing medication in older adults to address polypharmacy, patient safety, and person-centered communication for community-dwelling seniors—to improve care, shared decision making, quality of life, and disease control.

The research is being conducted as part of a post-doctoral research fellowship offered by the George Washington University Primary Care Research Training Program (P-CART). The research grant is funded by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (T32 grant) administered by the US Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Contact information:

Upon completing this training, you will receive 3.33 contact hours from the Maryland Nurses Association.

Available Credit

  • 3.30 Completion
  • 3.30 Nursing CEU
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