PCOA-RN 12: Medication Management



1.0 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours

Target Audience

  • Interprofessionals
  • Registered Nurses


This course describes pharmacokinetic principles related to age changes in absorption, metabolism, and excretion, outlines risk factors for adverse drug interactions in older adults, and explains key factors that impact medication adherence.


After viewing this course, practitioners will be able to use strategies that promote medication management and reconciliation, list common medication interactions and explain the importance of the AGS Beers Criteria for identifying inappropriate use of certain medications in older adults.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe general medication-related and prescribing principles in the primary care of older adults
  2. List risk factors for adverse drug events in older adults
  3. Describe pharmacokinetic principles related to age changes in absorption, metabolism and excretion
  4. Explain the importance of the AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Use of Medications in Older Adults
  5. List common drug-drug, drug-nutrient and drug-disease interactions
  6. Identify parameters of a medication assessment·List strategies to promote medication management and reconciliation for older adults