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Expiration Date: January 31, 2017
This course provides an overview of clinical psychopharmacology, presents information on the diagnosis of mental health conditions, and describes the proper use and monitoring of psychotropic medications. The course opens with a discussion of the biological and psychological bases of major mental disorders and describes the usefulness of drug therapy. Numerous psychiatric illnesses are discussed. The section on depression describes characteristics of normal emotional reactions versus clinical depression. Nurses will learn about the manic and depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder, including mania with extreme agitation, and the advantages and disadvantages of managing this condition with lithium. For each type of illness, decision trees are provided to aid in diagnosis and treatment. The course discusses medical diseases that may cause psychosis and describes the common adverse effects of antipsychotic medications. The course also provides an overview of nonprescription herbal remedies and dietary supplements. Nurses will learn about strategies to enhance patient adherence to prescribed medication regimens. A checklist is provided to assist the nurse in identifying potential factors contributing to break-through symptoms and patient nonresponse to treatment. This course serves as a concise and practical guide for nurses who have prescriptive privileges or whose practice requires knowledge of psychotropic medications.
Kentucky ARNPs - Fulfills Pharmacology CE requirement.
- Recognize causes of psychiatric illnesses and their implications for use of psychotropic medications
- Discuss how to identify major depression and the appropriate pharmacological interventions
- Discuss the differential diagnosis of bipolar disorder
- Discuss anxiety disorders and the possible treatment approaches for each
- Define schizophrenia and other psychotic conditions and the medications used to treat them
- Discuss medication management issues for OCD/ BPD/ ADHD/PTSD and aggression and eating disorders
- Identify issues of concern with the use of OTC medications and dietary supplements for relief of psychiatric symptoms
- Discuss inadequate patient response to psychopharmacological therapy
- Identify common reasons for non-adherence to prescribed medication treatment
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. Emergency nursing has been her clinical specialty area. 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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