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.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- 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
- Learn to recognize these antipsychotic-related Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Dystonias, Pseudoparkinsonism and Akathisia
- Learn the cardiac and metabolic implications of antipsychotic medications
- 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
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Cathy A. Weitzel, MSN, ARNP, BC, is a lecturer and clinical instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Wichita State University in the Undergraduate Nursing Program. Ms. Weitzel has an outpatient practice at Prairie View, Inc., prescribing psychotropics to adults and older adults. She has been in psychiatric nursing since 1988 and practiced in a variety of behavioral health settings including ED assessment/triage, inpatient acute care locked units, medical detox, geropsychiatry, outpatient day hospital and utilization review. Ms. Weitzel has provided staff development and taught core competencies for EPS and suicide assessment. Published articles include topics of Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, Serotonin Syndrome and suicide assessment. She has been a Psychiatric Legal Nurse Consultant since 2003, reviewing charts and serving as expert witness on nursing standards of care.
Ms. Weitzel obtained her BSN from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and her MSN with Psychiatric focus from Wichita State University. Board Certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Ms. Weitzel is a member of American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Association of Suicidology, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, Kansas Bar Association and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"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
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Nurse Practitioners
- MDS Coordinators and Nursing Staff of LTC Facilities
- Psychiatric RNs
- ICU/CCU/MICU RNs
- Emergency Department RNs
- Medical-Surgical RNs
- Home Health RNs
- Social Workers
- Case Managers
- Professionals working with Severe and Persistent Mentally Ill (SPMI) clients
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SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 Seminar Class 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM