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Disciplines: Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
(4 Pharm Hours)
Author(s): Corey E. Scheer, RPh, BS Pharm, PharmD, BCPP
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Kirstyn M. Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC
  • Anna K. Morin, PharmD, RPh
Item#: N1710
Contents: 1 Course Book (50 pages)
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Differentiating Antipsychotics: An Overview of Properties Impacting Drug Selection

Price $22.95
Item # N1710
High-Level Content
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Release Date: June 27, 2016

Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

With a growing number of nurse practitioners entering the healthcare, there is a demonstrated need for education on medications used for treatment of common mental health conditions in the primary care setting. New antipsychotic agents are constantly under development, and the ways in which antipsychotic medications are used in clinical practice continue to change. As new information becomes available, there are new indications, safety warnings, monitoring recommendations, and dosage formulations. It is important that healthcare providers stay abreast of these new developments to optimize treatment. Due to the high rate of refractory schizophrenia, it is especially important for healthcare providers to be knowledgeable about new treatment options to offer to patients for whom previous treatments have failed and educate patients about potential benefits and adverse events. In addition, many antipsychotics have labeled indications for treatment of other mental illnesses, such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, as well as many off-label uses.

The purpose of this course is to provide current, evidence-based information on the mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters, adverse events, adverse event management strategies, clinical indications, and special considerations regarding antipsychotic use. This course is designed for nurses practicing in all settings who may encounter patients taking antipsychotic medications or be involved in initiating and/or monitoring treatment with antipsychotics.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with,N1751, Nursing Psychopharmacology (10 Contact Hours)

Course Objectives

  • Define major theories of the pathophysiology of schizophrenia and psychosis.
  • Describe the mechanism of action of both typical and atypical antipsychotic medications.
  • Identify the multiple indications for typical and atypical antipsychotic use.
  • Identify potential adverse events and implement monitoring parameters for typical and atypical antipsychotic medications.
  • Describe pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters of typical and atypical antipsychotic medications that may impact medication selection.
  • Design and recommend an individualized treatment plan for a patient with schizophrenia.


Corey E. Scheer, RPh, BS Pharm, PharmD, BCPP, completed her BS Pharm and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at the University of Connecticut and then went on to complete a postgraduate year 1 residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. From there, she completed a postgraduate year 2 residency specializing in psychiatric pharmacy at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, AL. After completing 2 years of residency, she accepted a position as a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Western New England University College of Pharmacy, where she teaches psychiatry therapeutics and a case-based laboratory course, as well as acting as a preceptor for final-year Doctor of Pharmacy students on clinical rotations at her practice site, Providence Behavioral Health Hospital. She is a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist. She has been teaching in the Doctor of Pharmacy program for 3 years.


Kirstyn M. Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a professor of nursing at Robert Morris University and coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She is also the project director of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education (ANE) training grant, Access to Interprofessional Mental Health Education (AIME). She has been a nurse educator for the past 16 years and has published and presented extensively on topics related to mental health nursing. She also maintains a private practice as a nurse-practitioner diagnosing and treating individuals across the lifespan with mental health diagnoses.

Anna K. Morin, PharmD, RPh, earned her PharmD at the University of Rhode Island in 1993 and has been a faculty member at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University School of Pharmacy-Worcester/Manchester since 2002. She is currently a professor in the department of Pharmacy Practice and is serving as the interim dean for the School of Pharmacy-Worcester/Manchester. Her teaching, scholarship, and clinical activities have focused on psychiatric illnesses, women’s health, drug interactions, and herbal and complementary alternative medicine. She is an active member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists.

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