This course provides a case-based approach to utilizing best practices and principles for using psychopharmacology to treat mental illness and disorders across the lifespan. The course examines neuropharmacological mechanisms, pharmacodynamics, and drug interactions of commonly used psychotropic drugs. Emphasis is on the development of client-centered prescriptive decisions within the context of outcomes, safety, quality and costs.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This PMHNP course helps meet standards of graduate-level nursing education as articulated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice Nursing. This course meets standards of nurse practitioner education as articulated by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course the post-BSN to DNP/FNP student will be able to:
- Comprehend and apply the pharmacotherapeutics of psychoactive drugs. (DNP Essentials- I, III, VI, VII, VIII; NONPF NTF 2017 Scientific Foundation 1, 2; Independent Practice 3; LU PLO 1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Analyze the relationship between pharmacologic/non-pharmacologic agents and physiological/pathologic responses. (DNP Essentials- I, III, VI, VII, VIII; NONPF NTF 2017 Scientific Foundation 1, 2; Independent Practice 3; LU PLO 1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Understand and apply the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs in patients with mental illness and psychiatric disorders. (DNP Essentials I, III, VI, VII, VIII; NONPF NTF 2017 Scientific Foundation 1; LU PLO 1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Apply theory to support role of the PMHNP in the nurse-patient relationship for health promotion/health maintenance, to understand the motivations of patients seeking psychopharmacotherapy and the willingness to adhere to prescribed regimens. (DNP Essentials I, III, VI, VII, VIII; NONPF NTF 2017 Scientific Foundation 1, 2, Independent Practice 4; LU PLO 1, 3, 5, 6)
- Utilize principles of physical and mental health assessment, diagnostic screening and testing, and the use of differential diagnoses to safely and appropriately select psychoactive agents for the management of mental illnesses taking into account individual variations and cost effectiveness. (DNP Essentials I, III, VI, VII, VIII; NONPF NTF 2017 Leadership 4, Quality 1; LU PLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
- Develop age-appropriate client-centered psychopharmacotherapy plans considering symptom management, ethics, genetics, federal legislation, and best-practice evidence. (DNP Essentials I, III, VI, VII, VIII; NONPF NTF 2017 Scientific Foundation 1, 2, Leadership 4, Quality 1; LU PLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
- Integrate a Christian worldview into initiation and development of psychopharmacotherapy plans in the advanced practice nursing role. (DNP Essentials I, III NONPF NTF 2017 Independent Practice 4c; LU PLO 7)
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Ethics Essay Question
The student will select 1 of several provided current ethical issues, research that issue, and prepare a response written in current APA format. The written response must be at least 1 page, describe the ethical issue, cite 2 applicable biblical and ethical principles, cite 2 scholarly references, and expound on the proper role or conduct of the Christian advanced nurse practitioner regarding the ethical issue.
Case Studies (6)
The instructor will place the student into 1 of 2 groups (Group 1 or Group 2). Each group will work in a designated Discussion Board Forum to complete 6 Case Studies on a variety of psychiatric disorders.
Members of Group 1 will complete an analysis of the assigned Case Study in current APA format and will post their analysis on the designated Discussion Board Forum. Each analysis must use at least 2 sources (including national guidelines) to support information.
After the members of Group 1 post the analysis, the members of Group 2 will critically evaluate Group 1’s analysis of the Case Study. Each Case Study Critique must be completed in current APA format and be posted in the Discussion Board Forum as a reply to Group 1’s analysis. Each critique must use at least 3 literature references to support comments.
Groups 1 and 2 will alternate weekly between completing the Case Study: Analyses and the Case Study: Critiques. Each analysis and critique must be at least 1 page.
WebEx Discussions (2)
Two discussions will occur via WebEx during the 8-week course as scheduled in the Course Schedule.
Each test will cover the Reading & Presentation material for the specified modules/weeks. Each test will be closed-book/closed-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and/or multiple-answer questions, and have a 38-minute time limit. Proctorio will be utilized to maintain testing integrity.