Nursing: Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders: Clinical Challenges and Psychopharmacology

33.95
Online
Elective
About the Course

This course is designed for both staff nurses, as well as advanced practice nurses (APNs). Staff nurses, including those working in medical areas, will see patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Due to medical and psychiatric comorbidities, these patients have complex prescription medication regimens. Staff nurses, being front-line providers, are generally responsible for medication teaching with the patient. Therefore, it is important for staff nurses to have a basic understanding of psychiatric disorders and the psychotropic medications used to treat these disorders. 

For APNs, this course will support and enhance your knowledge of diagnosing psychiatric disorders and increase your confidence for prescribing psychotropic medications to adult patients. In addition, the course addresses challenging clinical situations and strategies for appropriate interventions.  Case studies based on real patients are presented throughout, with recommended treatment and management strategies.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the pharmacological interventions and evidence-based (EBP) nursing considerations for the treatment of depressive disorders.
  • Discuss the pharmacological interventions and EBP nursing considerations for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders. 
  • Discuss pharmacological interventions and EBP nursing considerations for the treatment of substance use disorders.
  • Discuss pharmacological interventions and EBP nursing considerations for the treatment of bipolar spectrum disorders.
  • Discuss pharmacological interventions and EBP nursing considerations for the treatment of schizophrenia/psychotic disorders. 
  • Review neurobiology and pertinent pharmacokinetics with respect to psychotropic medications. 
  • Discuss various clinical challenges when prescribing medication for patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. 
  • Discuss the challenges in treatment and management of patients diagnosed with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. 
  • Present and discuss case studies of actual patients, and recommendations for treatment and management for the psychiatric nurse practitioner. 


About the Author:
Kathleen A. Vertino, DNP, MS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

Kathleen A. Vertino, DNP, MS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, holds dual board certification as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Certified Addictions RN – Advanced Practice. She currently holds a clinical position in the Behavioral Health Clinic at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Western New York, and the VA residential post-traumatic stress disorder treatment programs at Batavia, N.Y. In these settings, Dr. Vertino provides care to both male and female veterans with complex co-occurring disorders.  Dr. Vertino received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and MS in nursing degrees from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. She has practiced as a clinician in mental health for decades and has practiced as an NP in psychiatry for over 17 years. When not providing care to veterans, her passions are writing and teaching. As such, Dr. Vertino has published in flagship nursing journals and has authored textbook chapters. She contributes to the profession by serving as a peer reviewer. for several sci ntific journals. Dr. Vertino is a polished speaker and has presented to statewide and national audiences on a variety of psychiatric/mental health and addictions topics. 
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Nursing: Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders: Clinical Challenges and Psychopharmacology

33.95
About the Course

This course is designed for both staff nurses, as well as advanced practice nurses (APNs). Staff nurses, including those working in medical areas, will see patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Due to medical and psychiatric comorbidities, these patients have complex prescription medication regimens. Staff nurses, being front-line providers, are generally responsible for medication teaching with the patient. Therefore, it is important for staff nurses to have a basic understanding of psychiatric disorders and the psychotropic medications used to treat these disorders. 

For APNs, this course will support and enhance your knowledge of diagnosing psychiatric disorders and increase your confidence for prescribing psychotropic medications to adult patients. In addition, the course addresses challenging clinical situations and strategies for appropriate interventions.  Case studies based on real patients are presented throughout, with recommended treatment and management strategies.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the pharmacological interventions and evidence-based (EBP) nursing considerations for the treatment of depressive disorders.
  • Discuss the pharmacological interventions and EBP nursing considerations for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders. 
  • Discuss pharmacological interventions and EBP nursing considerations for the treatment of substance use disorders.
  • Discuss pharmacological interventions and EBP nursing considerations for the treatment of bipolar spectrum disorders.
  • Discuss pharmacological interventions and EBP nursing considerations for the treatment of schizophrenia/psychotic disorders. 
  • Review neurobiology and pertinent pharmacokinetics with respect to psychotropic medications. 
  • Discuss various clinical challenges when prescribing medication for patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. 
  • Discuss the challenges in treatment and management of patients diagnosed with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. 
  • Present and discuss case studies of actual patients, and recommendations for treatment and management for the psychiatric nurse practitioner. 


About the Author:
Kathleen A. Vertino, DNP, MS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

Kathleen A. Vertino, DNP, MS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, holds dual board certification as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Certified Addictions RN – Advanced Practice. She currently holds a clinical position in the Behavioral Health Clinic at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Western New York, and the VA residential post-traumatic stress disorder treatment programs at Batavia, N.Y. In these settings, Dr. Vertino provides care to both male and female veterans with complex co-occurring disorders.  Dr. Vertino received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and MS in nursing degrees from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. She has practiced as a clinician in mental health for decades and has practiced as an NP in psychiatry for over 17 years. When not providing care to veterans, her passions are writing and teaching. As such, Dr. Vertino has published in flagship nursing journals and has authored textbook chapters. She contributes to the profession by serving as a peer reviewer. for several sci ntific journals. Dr. Vertino is a polished speaker and has presented to statewide and national audiences on a variety of psychiatric/mental health and addictions topics.