NURS 6630 UMES Psychiatric Disorders Nurse Practitioners Care Discussion

NURS 6630 UMES Psychiatric Disorders Nurse Practitioners Care Discussion

NURS 6630 UMES Psychiatric Disorders Nurse Practitioners Care Discussion

Week 1 discussion

Week 1 Assignment Foundational Neuroscience

As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, you must have a firm basis in basic neuroscience. To diagnose and treat patients, you must understand not just the pathophysiology of mental diseases, but also how drugs for these disorders affect the central nervous system. These core neuroscience principles might be difficult to grasp. As a result, the purpose of this Discussion is to urge you to think about these ideas, build a reason for your thinking, and enhance your understanding by talking with your colleagues.

For this Discussion, review the Learning Resources and reflect on the concepts of foundational neuroscience as they might apply to your role as the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in prescribing medications for patients. NURS 6630 UMES Psychiatric Disorders Nurse Practitioners Care Discussion

By Day 3 of Week 2

Post a response to each of the following:

  1. Explain the agonist-to-antagonist spectrum of action of psychopharmacologic agents, including how partial and inverse agonist functionality may impact the efficacy of psychopharmacologic treatments.
  2. Compare and contrast the actions of g couple proteins and ion gated channels.
  3. Explain how the role of epigenetics may contribute to pharmacologic action.
  4. Explain how this information may impact the way you prescribe medications to patients. Include a specific example of a situation or case with a patient in which the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner must be aware of the medication’s action. NURS 6630 UMES Psychiatric Disorders Nurse Practitioners Care Discussion

Read a selection of your colleagues’ responses.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013). Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press *Preface, pp. ix–x

Note: To access the following chapters, click on the Essential Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation bar for each chapter.

Chapter 1, “Chemical Neurotransmission”

Chapter 2, “Transporters, Receptors, and Enzymes as Targets of Psychopharmacologic Drug Action”

Chapter 3, “Ion Channels as Targets of Psychopharmacologic Drug Action”

Document: Midterm Exam Study Guide (PDF)

Document: Final Exam Study Guide (PDF)

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2016i). Introduction to psychopharmacology [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 3 minutes.

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Optional Resources

Laureate Education (Producer). (2009). Pathopharmacology: Disorders of the nervous system: Exploring the human brain [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 15 minutes.

Dr. Myslinski reviews the structure and function of the human brain. Using human brains, he examines and illustrates the development of the brain and areas impacted by disorders associated with the brain.

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Laureate Education (Producer). (2012). Introduction to advanced pharmacology [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 8 minutes.

In this media presentation, Dr. Terry Buttaro, associate professor of practice at Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences, discusses the importance of pharmacology for the advanced practice nurse.

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To prepare for this Discussion:

Review this week’s Learning Resources.

Reflect on concepts of foundational neuroscience. NURS 6630 UMES Psychiatric Disorders Nurse Practitioners Care Discussion

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