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Expiration Date: May 31, 2017
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the psychopharmacology of antipsychotic medications. Nurses have an important responsibility in caring for patients receiving psychopharmacologic medications. This course will provide the learner with essential information on antipsychotic medications. Simplified neurophysiology is discussed in order to explain the actions of the drugs, the most common side effects, and the most serious untoward reactions. Nursing assessments and interventions are highlighted. Patient teaching is an integral part of the course, as are approaches to encourage drug compliance.
This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Pharmacology for Nurses (N1590).
Identify the major dopamine pathways.
- Describe how blockade of the dopamine pathways by medications relates to desired effects and adverse effects.
- Identify signs of serious side effects that must be reported.
- Discuss atypical antipsychotics and special precautions that patients need to take.
- Recognize nursing interventions for common side effects.
Anne Manton, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAEN, FAAN, has enjoyed a career of more than 30 years in nursing education and clinical practice. She has taught at the undergraduate (BSN) and graduate (MSN) levels. An interest in the care of psychiatric patients in the emergency department led her to complete a post-master’s program, and she now practices as a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She has contributed to several workbooks on psychopharmacology and has published on other nursing-related topics. She has held leadership positions in several nursing organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards for her significant contributions to her profession. She is a nurse planner for Western Schools.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.