This course examines the role of pharmacologic agents in the treatment of psycho-neuropathology across the lifespan. The pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of psychoactive drugs within the living human system will be studied thereby preparing the psychiatric nurse to participate in the safe, effective administration and management of pharmacotherapy. Major groups of psychoactive medications will be studied in depth addressing topics such as classifications, indications for use, accepted dose ranges, routes of administration, client education, risk and management of adverse reactions, and potential interactions with other drugs.
Note: Students who withdraw or are debarred from this course will be withdrawn from 69.262.
3 lecture hours per week, 3 optional open laboratory hours per week, one term.