Approaches to Geriatric Pharmacology
|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||4 Contact Hours|
Release Date: June 23, 2016
Expiration Date: June 30, 2019
With an aging population come several alarming statistics regarding medication use in older adults. The leading causes of adverse drug events in the older adult population are inappropriate prescribing, inappropriate dosing, and inferior monitoring. Inappropriate monitoring of medication use is accountable for 50% of all drug-related emergency department visits resulting in hospitalization. The vulnerability of older adults is a challenge to the healthcare system, and with respect to medication use, this represents a strong advanced practice registered nurse intervention opportunity.
Any medication problem experienced by an older adult patient requires a multifactorial assessment. The topics covered in this course include core geriatric assessment principles that all disciplines caring for older adults are required to understand, geriatric pharmacological principles, and methods to assess appropriateness of medication use recommendations in the older adult. Individualization of care, a key concept in providing appropriate medication use in older adults, requires skills beyond the conventional assessment of adherence and efficacy. Core competencies include vigilant attention to the older adult’s risk of drug toxicity, appropriate application of adult clinical guidelines to older adults, risk versus benefit assessments, goals of therapy appropriate for older adults in alignment with patient preferences, and optimization of functional status.
This course is for the advanced practice registered nurse who manages the treatment and care of the older adult in all healthcare settings. It provides theoretical framework to apply principles to overall medication management as well as to specialized therapeutic categories of medication use, such as cardiovascular, endocrinological, pulmonary, and psychotropic.
Differentiating Antipsychotics: An Overview of Properties Impacting Drug Selection
|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||4 Contact Hours|
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.
Anxiolytics and Traditional Mood Stabilizers
|Price:|| $24.95|| ||Hours:||5 Contact Hours|
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Expiration Date: July 31, 2019
The care of patients with mental health diagnoses is by no means limited to psychiatric facilities or practices. Due to the prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. population, patients taking psychiatric medications are treated in virtually all healthcare settings. Anxiety disorders, as a group, represent the most common form of psychiatric illness, and in turn, anti-anxiety medications are prescribed and dispensed with great frequency. Therefore, it is imperative that nurse practitioners maintain current knowledge of these common psychiatric illnesses and treatments.
This course is designed for nurse practitioners in all settings. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the psychiatric pharmacotherapy of anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. This course provides the learner with essential information on anxiolytic and mood stabilizer medications. Clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics are briefly discussed in order to explain the actions of the drugs, their effects on symptoms, their most common side effects, and their most serious adverse reactions. Interactions with other medications and potential for abuse of some drugs are also presented. Learners should be able to apply the material from this course to patient management and teaching scenarios.
Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Simple, 3rd Edition
|Price:|| $29.95|| ||Hours:||9 Contact Hours|
Expiration Date: May 31, 2018
This course explores diagnostic, prescriptive, and medication management issues and follow-up related to children and adolescents who struggle with mental disorders. The course discusses the use of psychopharmacology in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, conduct disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and childhood schizophrenia.
Children and adolescents often differ from adults in presenting symptoms of psychiatric diagnoses as well as in the ways in which drugs are metabolized. Nurses will learn about the major biological differences between the brains of children and adolescents and those of adults. The course explains how to recognize the key diagnostic signs and symptoms of depression in children and adolescents, and it touches upon concerns about a possible increase in suicides among children and adolescents taking antidepressants.
The course describes the signs of mania that are typical of early-onset bipolar disorder and discusses the functional and structural malfunctions leading to bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. The advanced practice nurse will also learn how to select and dose psychotropic medications and how to monitor their effects. Information sheets for client and family education are provided that discuss a particular medication’s use and give valuable information about adverse effects, precautions, and when to consult with a specialist. The target audience for this course includes advanced practice nurses whose work involves child and adolescent populations and nurses whose practice requires knowledge of psychotropic medications.
Antidepressants, 2nd Edition
|Price:|| $19.95|| ||Hours:||3 Contact Hours|
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Expiration Date: January 31, 2019
The purpose of this course is to provide current, evidence-based information for registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and registered pharmacists (RPhs) on the mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics parameters, potential adverse events, adverse event management strategies, and special considerations affecting medication use and selection for medications used to treat depressive disorders. Although many medications used to treat depression have been around for several decades, new medications are constantly under development and it is important that healthcare professionals stay abreast of these new developments. In addition, the way that many of these medications with antidepressant properties are used in clinical practice continues to change. Although only some RNs, APRNs, and RPhs may specialize in mental health, all will encounter patients with mental health conditions such as major depressive disorder. This course is designed for RNs, APRNs, and RPhs practicing in all settings who may encounter patients taking antidepressants or be involved in initiating treatment with antidepressants.