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Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses [Paperback]

Laura G. Leahy , Christian G. Kohler 2013,

Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses is a "go to" guide that offers the Advanced Practice Nurse a solid resource for psychopharmacologic practice. Leahy and Kohler provide the nuts and bolts for prescriptive practice across the diagnostic and environmental contexts of caring for mentally ill clients, and contemporary and practical clinical management advice from our peers in nursing that reflects the natural complexities inherent in our work. Congratulations to the authors for this important contribution to our practice!"undefinedJulie A. Carbray, Ph.D., APN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHFNP-BC, Clin Prof Psych & Nursing; Admin Director, Ped Mood Dis Clinic, Ped Brain Research & Intervention Ctr, Dept of Psychiatry, Univ of Illinois at Chicago

Becoming You: An Owners Manual for Creating Personal Happiness
Publisher: iUniverse, 2009
By Brenda Marshall, EdD, MSN, APN

The demands of life’s daily challenges can take a toll on our emotions, self esteem and the decisions we make. These demands can also affect who we are. Much like an automobile’s owner’s manual, Dr. Brenda Marshall’s Becoming You is an effective and easy-to-implement maintenance program for taking control of your life. Drawing on over 25 years of experience in behavioral change, Dr. Marshall demonstrates how accepting change, taking accountability for past actions, learning from mistakes, breaking away from old patterns and setting goals can lead to personal happiness. 

Pocket Psych Drugs: Point-of-care Clinical Guide

Publisher: F.A. Davis Company. Philadelphia, 2009
By Darlene D. Pedersen, Laura G. Leahy

In this title, more than 70 drug monographs provide targeted pharmacologic information on indications, pharmacokinetics, dosages, adverse reactions, and drug interactions, including herbal and food interactions. Special features address considerations for special populations. Detailed assessments tell you what needs to be monitored when administering a specific drug. Available dosage forms provide costs for selected drugs. There are monographs, organized alphabetically by generic name, detailing geriatric, pediatric, and substance abuse considerations, as well as clinical assessments and clinical alerts highlighting essential patient safety information for the clinician at 'point-of-care'. This title provides coverage of psychopharmacology and psychobiology, including pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug-herbal interactions, therapeutic drug classes, and side effects associated with specific classes; common and therapeutic lab values, as well as clozaril protocol; Tools Tab featuring common abbreviations, medication assessment tool, psychotropic approximate dose equivalencies, pregnancy categories, controlled substances schedules, BMI and metabolic syndrome, and conversion of trade to generic names; and, FDA-approved 'Black Box Warnings' highlighting serious risks and precautions.

Journal Articles

The Evolution of the Advanced Practice Role in Psychiatric Mental Health in New Jersey: 1960–2010

Barbara A. Caldwell, PhD, APN-BC, Karen Piren, RN, MS, APN-C, Carolyn Torre, RN, MA, APN, PNP-BC

This historical perspective is focused on the contribution ofHildegardE. Peplau in laying the foundation forAdvanced PracticeNursing and the development of the roles of Clinical Nurse Specialistsand Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. An overview is providedof legal developments within the state that enabled Advanced PracticeNurses to provide mental health services. A description of arecent specialized state-funded initiative is outlined, focused on thedevelopment and contributions of Psychiatric Advanced PracticeNurses in community settings in New Jersey. Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing 

Identification and Classification of Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders;  Helen W Jones, RN, APN, C; Joyce A Venis, RN, C, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, December 2001 - Volume 39 · Issue 12: 23-30

Anesthesia Awareness-Induced Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Authors: Prendergast KM, Cullen-Drill, M.

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2012 Oct 15:1-6. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20121003-03. [Epub ahead of print] 


While the incidence of anesthesia awareness has been well documented, information related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms resulting from anesthesia awareness is limited. Particularly scarce are descriptions of specific techniques to treat anesthesia awareness-induced PTSD. This article reviews an individual example of a woman who was experiencing anesthesia awareness-induced PTSD symptoms for 10 years. Treatment included supportive psychotherapy, psychoeducation, psychopharmacology, and group therapy with other individuals experiencing PTSD symptoms. Although this patient responded to these treatment approaches, additional studies are needed to identify optimal treatment options for patients with anesthesia awareness-induced PTSD.

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Benzodiazapines: A Guide to Safe Prescribing. The Carlat PsychiatryReport.  Vol 9, No 7,  Dhwani Shah & Borresen, DA & (August 2011). TCPR_July-Aug 2011.pdf

Biopsychosocial Approach to Treating Self-Injurious Behaviors: An Adolescent Case Study.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing August 2009
by Mary Askew, Mary W. Byrne 

Self-injurious behaviors (SIBs) are a common coping mechanism in the adolescent population. A marked increase in SIB has been seen in recent years, yet effective treatment remains elusive. This study aims to review current theoretical perspectives and treatment options that reflect a biopsychosocial framework. Sources were derived from selected multidisciplinary literature related to SIB. CONCLUSIONS: A 6-month multidisciplinary approach targeting the unique physical, emotional, and social needs of a 14-year-old girl in residential treatment led to the complete cessation of SIB.

Domestic Violence: 
A Worldwide Exploration 
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services Vol. 46 No. 3   March 2008
By Carrie M. Carretta, MSN, RN

The concept of domestic violence is important to nursing because further knowledge of this phenomenon can help drive more effective intervention and prevention approaches. Domestic violence, also known as gender violence, interpersonal violence, and domestic abuse, is a daily and often a deadly fact of life for millions of women and girls around the world. Attacks are perpetrated in settings that include public streets, at places of employment, in the home, while serving in the military, and in prisons and jails. The costs of this violence, both monetary and in human lives, are tremendous. Although nurses are in a unique position to screen for domestic violence and provide assistance and advocacy for victims, barriers exist related to victim disclosure and staff training and comfort levels. Advanced practice nurses can address the issue directly through appropriate treatment facilitation, including both physical and psychosocial intervention.

Nursing are of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after Anesthesia Awareness Plastic Surgical Nursing. (28)1, 35-40 Jan-Mar 2008
by Marlene Rankin, PhD, APRN, BC, Carrie Carretta, MSN, RN, Anna Jaroszynski, RUHS by

Anesthesia awareness can cause adverse psychological symptoms in patients after surgery. Although rare, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTDS) has been documented in surgical patients who have a history of previous trauma or maladaptive coping patterns. Plastic surgical nurses should assess all patients for anesthesia awareness postoperatively, recognize the diagnostic criteria of PTSD and offer support of psychiatric referrals if indicated. 

Mental health parity legislation:
Columbia University School of Nursing, Mail Code 6, 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, USA. J Psychosocial Nursing Mental Health Serv. 2010 Sep;48(9):26-34. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20100730-06. Epub 2010 Aug 23. 
by Arlene Smaldone, DNSc, CPNP, CDE, Mary Cullen-Drill, DNP, APN

Although recognition and treatment of mental health disorders have become integrated into routine medical care, inequities remain regarding limits on mental health outpatient visits and higher copayments and deductibles required for mental health services when accessed. Two federal laws were passed by Congress in 2008: The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. Both laws became effective on January 1, 2010. The purpose of this article is to discuss provisions of each act and provide clinical examples describing how patients are affected by lack of parity and may potentially benefit from implementation of these new laws. Using available evidence, we examine the potential strengths and limitations of mental health parity legislation from the health policy perspectives of health care access, cost, and quality and identify the important role of nurses as patient and mental health parity advocates.
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Psychiatric Nursing: Back to Basics

Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services December 2011 - Volume 49 · Issue 12:4 

Mary Cullen-Drill, DNP, APN-BC, DCC; Kathleen M. Prendergast, MSN, PMH-NP, BCMary Cullen-Drill, DNP, APN-BC, DCC

As nurses, we are well equipped to provide integrated holistic care to psy- chiatric patients. Because of our core be- liefs and education, we view the person as a biopsychosocial being. Although we incorporate psychotropic medications in the care of our patients, it doesn’t re- flect the essence of what we do. Despite external forces that may contribute to a limited perspective on how psychiatric care is provided to individuals and their families, we need to maintain our own vision of what constitutes excellence in psychiatric nursing care.


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