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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Kimberleigh Cox, DNP, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Mary-Ellen Meltzer, PMHCNS-BC
Item#: N1817
Contents: 1 Course Book (106 pages)
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Bipolar and Related Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Strategies, 2nd Edition

Price $22.95
Item # N1817
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Release Date: October 10, 2017

Expiration Date: October 31, 2020

This course will provide nurses with information to assist in their understanding of bipolar and related disorders, risks and prevention measures, identification, assessment, and management across the course of the illness. Nurses with a focus on prevention and holistic care will gain knowledge and tools to better identify the complex factors that affect these clients, including assessment of the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, understanding of associated risks and appropriate treatments, strategies for crisis management and recovery, and relapse-prevention and symptom-management strategies for long-term stabilization. Nurses are tasked with collaborating with other health professionals and making appropriate referrals in order to provide a continuum of care that helps patients gain stability; as such, resources and appropriate supports are presented. Nurses work with individual clients and the support systems affected by the symptoms of these disorders. Recognition of necessary and appropriate supports for individuals and families is essential to promoting recovery. Written for nurses, this basic-level course presents essential information about bipolar and related disorders, including epidemiology, signs and symptoms, causal and associated risk factors, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation, symptom management, relapse prevention, and outcomes evaluation. 

CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (6 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)

Course Objectives

  • List the different types of bipolar and related disorders.
  • Recognize etiological and other risk factors and comorbidities that impact the care of patients with bipolar and related disorders.
  • Describe the screening and assessment, including the signs and symptoms, of patients with bipolar and related disorders.
  • Describe the diagnosis, planning, intervention, and prevention processes for patients with bipolar and related disorders.
  • Describe the management and treatment of patients with bipolar and related disorders.
  • Discuss the nursing evaluation and documentation of patients with bipolar and related disorders.


Kimberleigh Cox, DNP, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, is an associate professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Nursing and Health Professions and has been teaching undergraduate and graduate nursing students in community and mental health since 2003. She is nationally board certified as both an adult nurse practitioner (ANP) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). Dr. Cox received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University and master’s degree in nursing from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), completing a dual adult and psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) program. She completed her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) from the University of San Francisco (USF). She has worked for Harvard, Brown, and Stanford Universities’ Departments of Psychiatry doing clinical psychiatric research, primarily in mood and anxiety disorders. Since 1998, she has practiced clinically as a both an adult and psychiatric NP working with diverse populations of individuals with psychiatric, behavioral health, and addictive problems in a variety of ambulatory and residential care settings in the Bay Area.


Mary-Ellen Meltzer, PMHCNS-BC, is currently in private practice in Norwood, Massachusetts, and a nursing instructor for undergraduate nurses at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has been a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist for 25 years and has worked with adult mental health patients in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. Ms. Meltzer provides psychopharmacological and psychotherapy services.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.