Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses
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Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses offers a holistic approach to psychopharmacological prescribing from a nursing perspective and is the only text designed especially for Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (P.M.H.-A.P.R.N.s). The Manual is grounded in the belief that given their nursing background and their personalized approach to the individual, P.M.H.-A.P.R.N.s are uniquely qualified to offer symptom-based treatment within the context of an individual's medical and psychological care. A comprehensive resource for advanced practice nurses, mental health practitioners, general practitioners, and consumers, this book possesses many useful features, including the following:  A logical, easy-to-use format that guides the reader through the most common psychiatric conditions, presenting the diagnostic criteria and neurobiology of the relevant disorder, pharmacological choices and recommendations on monitoring, side effects to consider, and treatment of special populations, including those with medical illnesses. A special chapter devoted to culturally sensitive psychopharmacology that offers information on the role of culture in mental health, wellness, and illness and provides culturally sensitive assessment techniques and other treatment strategies PMH nurses can use to minimize stigma; address health care disparities; and improve patient adherence, satisfaction, and outcomes. A chapter that addresses complementary and alternative pharmacotherapies -- vital because a significant percentage of patients may be using herbal preparations, which present serious implications for the prescribing clinician. Appendices covering drug dosing equivalencies, pharmacogenetics, psychiatric rating scales, and other helpful resources. The core philosophy of the advanced practice nursing field is that health care should be individualized, focusing not only on patients' conditions but also on the effects those conditions have on patients' lives and the lives of their families. The Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses offers readers the most current information on psychopharmacological treatment in an accessible, easy-to-use format grounded in the principles and practices of holistic nursing.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 35.56mm | 748.42g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 7 Line drawings, unspecified; 92 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585624349
  • 9781585624348
  • 1,834,319

About Laura G. Leahy

Laura G. Leahy, M.S.N., P.M.H.-A.P.R.N., is Associate Director of and Senior Lecturer in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia; and a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at APNSolutions, LLC, with offices in Vineland and Sewell, New Jersey.Christian G. Kohler, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.show more

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As the need for mental health services has grown, the number of psychiatrists has declined, leaving a gap that has lately been filled, in part, by Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (P.M.H.-A.P.R.N.s). The Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses is designed to serve as both an academic textbook and a reference book for these nurses as well as mental health practitioners, general practitioners, and consumers. Each chapter is devoted to a specific category of mental disorders, guiding the reader through the pertinent symptoms while offering a holistic perspective unique to nursing. The book is further enriched by "snapshots" of prescribing for various treatment populations, pharmacogenomic information to guide personalization of medication therapies, and rating scales to quantify the impact of psychopharmacological interventions on the individual's treatment. The first and only psychopharmacology text specifically aimed at educating P.M.H.-A.P.R.N.s, Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses merges the fundamentals of medication treatment in common psychiatric disorders with the therapeutic approach of the nursing field to create a comprehensive, thoughtful, and useful resource.show more

Table of contents

ContributorsForewordPrefaceChapter 1. Introduction to Clinical Psychopharmacology for NursesPART I: Psychopharmacological Treatment and Management of Psychiatric DisordersChapter 2. Anxiety DisordersChapter 3. Depressive DisordersChapter 4. Bipolar DisordersChapter 5. Psychotic DisordersChapter 6. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity and Autistic Spectrum DisordersChapter 7. Substance Use DisordersChapter 8. Sleep-Wake DisordersChapter 9. Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress DisorderChapter 10. Delirium and DementiaPART II: Special Issues in Clinical PsychopharmacologyChapter 11. Psychopharmacology in Psychiatric EmergenciesChapter 12. Management of Metabolic Side Effects of Psychotropic MedicationsChapter 13. Complementary and Alternative PharmacotherapiesChapter 14. Culturally Sensitive PsychopharmacologyPART III: AppendixesAppendix 1: Approximate Psychotropic Drug Dose EquivalenciesAppendix 2: Psychotropic and Other Medications Influenced by the Cytochrome P450 (CYP) SystemAppendix 3: Psychopharmacogenetic Variations: Implications for PracticeAppendix 4: Psychiatric Rating ScalesAppendix 5: Online ResourcesIndexshow more