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Psychotropic Medications: What You Must Know for Competent Practice On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

Discover indications/side effects of newer SSRI/SNRI antidepressants, antipsychotics used to treat thought disorders and mood stabilizers. Recognize EPS and TD associated with antipsychotics, clinical assessment tools and available treatments.

Course Description/Agenda

Patients taking psychotropic medications ARE NOT exclusive to psychiatric settings. These clients are seen in emergency departments, medical/surgical units, CICU, MICU and practically all inpatient areas. In long-term care facilities, older adults are being prescribed psychotropics for mood and to control aggression. Frequently, these patients take more than one medication and polypharmacy is the rule rather than exception. Due to numerous and potentially severe side effects it can be overwhelming to learn everything you need to know. Maintaining competencies for psychotropics is challenging even to experienced professionals! Problems such as Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS), Tardive Dyskinesia (TD), Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS), cardiovascular (CV) effects and Metabolic Syndrome are at the forefront of today's practice and legal liability issues. Where do you begin?

Whether you are a seasoned psychiatric nurse/clinician or your practice is outside the area of psychiatry, you will find the updated information in this seminar valuable. Cathy A. Weitzel, MSN, ARNP, BC, will "deconstruct" or separate the concepts of psychotropic medications into parts that make them understandable and easier to grasp. Discover indications/side effects of newer SSRI/SNRI antidepressants, antipsychotics used to treat thought disorders and mood stabilizers used to treat Bipolar Disorder. Required labwork for mood stabilizers, Lithium and various antipsychotics will be discussed. You will learn how to recognize EPS and TD associated with antipsychotics, along with clinical assessment tools and available treatments. QTc prolongation, life-threatening "syndromes" and legal liability issues will be addressed.

  • Identify four classes of psychotropic medications and major side effects of each
  • Know your legal liability for prescribing these medications: patient teaching, informed consent, administration, side effect monitoring and documentation
  • Learn to recognize these antipsychotic-related Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Dystonias, Pseudoparkinsonism and Akathisia
  • Learn the cardiac and metabolic implications of antipsychotic medications

What You'll Learn

  • Identify four classes of psychotropic medications and list major side effects of each, including updated information on newer SSRI and SNRI antidepressants
  • Discuss FDA approved and off-label use of mood stabilizers for bipolar disorder
  • Explore potentially life-threatening adverse reaction of Stevens' Johnson Syndrome
  • Identify indications and SE profile of different antipsychotics
  • Recognize and assess Extrapyramidal Symptoms with antipsychotic use
  • Discuss the parameters of Metabolic Syndrome in patients taking antipsychotics
  • Explore today's legal liability issues surrounding psychotropics and your practice

What People Are Saying About the Class

"Cathy is an astute clinician and a dynamic speaker. She uses concepts that I can understand and apply to my practice." - Carolyn Gerstenkorn, RN, Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Good Shepherd Campus, Wichita, KS


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