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Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.
Psychopharmacology is rapidly changing as new pharmaceutical agents are continuously being developed and approved. This course is designed for nurses in all settings who prescribe medications for a broad range of psychiatric illnesses and/or who care for patients receiving such medications. The course begins with a discussion of neurophysiology as it relates to psychopharmacology: Topics include the function of neurons, the types of neurotransmitters, and the metabolism and elimination of psychotropic medications, with special consideration for elderly patients. This is followed by in-depth discussions of common psychotropic drugs. Nurses will learn about common antidepressants, including pediatric considerations and patient and family teaching. The discussion of antipsychotics includes conventional and atypical antipsychotics. Anxiolytics and mood stabilizers are described, with discussion of the use of mood stabilizers in bipolar disorder and the dangers of stopping benzodiazepines abruptly. Nurses will learn about the actions of the drugs and treatments for common side effects and untoward reactions. Information about interactions with other medications and the potential for abuse is also presented. Nursing assessments and interventions are highlighted. Patient teaching is an integral part of the course, as are approaches to encourage drug compliance. Nurses will also learn about the lifestyle changes that patients receiving psychotropic drugs should make in regard to alcohol, street drugs, marijuana, and tobacco cigarettes.
Based on previous course titled Basic Psychopharmacology.
- Describe how neurons work, how they transmit information to each other, and the relevance of this information to psychotropic medications.
Discuss major classes of antidepressants and the nursing implications for each class.
Discuss the major antipsychotic medications and appropriate nursing interventions for each.
Discuss the mechanisms of action and nursing interventions for benzodiazepines and mood stabilizers.
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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