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Mental Health Nursing


Mental Health Nursing



PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS: ANTIANXIETY AGENTS

The purpose of this course is to provide nurses an understanding of the types of anxiety disorders, medications used in nursing intervention and the possible side effects of these medications. This program has been updated to include currently used medications including anxiolytic, antidepressant and antipsychotic medications.

  • Describe the types of anxiety, their signs and symptoms.
  • Explain the interventions used to treat the various forms of anxiety.
  • Describe the major medications used in treating anxiety.
  • Describe the possible side effects of intervention medications.


  • DVD / 2014 / 23 minutes

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    PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS: ANTIDEPRESSANT AGENTS

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of the types of depression disorders, medications used in nursing intervention and the possible side effects of these medications. This program has been updated to reflect currently used medications tricyclic agents (TCAs), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MOAIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe the types of depression, their signs and symptoms.
  • Explain the interventions used to treat the various forms of depression.
  • Name the most commonly used depression assessment tools.
  • Describe the major medications used in treating depression.
  • Explain the intervention process.
  • Describe the possible side effects of intervention medication.


  • DVD / 2014 / 19 minutes

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    PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS: ANTIPSYCHOTIC AGENTS

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of the schizophrenia, medications used in nursing intervention and the possible side effects of these medications. This program has been updated to include currently used first and second generation antipsychotic medications, and treatment techniques.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe schizophrenia, its signs and symptoms.
  • Explain the pathology of schizophrenia.
  • Describe the nursing interventions for schizophrenia.
  • Describe the medications used to treat schizophrenia and the possible side effects of these medications.

    DVD / 2014 / 20 minutes

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    PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS: MOOD STABILIZING AGENTS

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, nursing interventions and the medications used to treat bipolar disorders. This program has been updated to reflect currently used mood stabilizing medications such as lithium, anticonvulsants and antipsychotic agents.

  • Describe bipolar disorder, its signs and symptoms.
  • Explain the interventions used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Describe interventions and the intervention process.
  • Describe the major medications used in bipolar disorder.
  • Describe the possible side effects of intervention medications.

    DVD / 2014 / 21 minutes

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    BRIEF EVALUATION OF EXECUTIVE DYSFUNCTION: AN ESSENTIAL REFINEMENT IN THE ASSESSMENT OF COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT

    Understanding a patient's ability to safely and adequately care for himself/herself after discharge is critical in the ongoing safety and care management of older adults. This DVD covers the components of executive function: concept formation, flexibility, and self-monitoring, and discusses specific reasons to screen for executive dysfunction, which may not be readily detected in routine cognitive screening tests. Care providers will also find suggestions on how to secure the most accurate test results.

    DVD / 2009 / 36 minutes

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    DELIRIUM: THE UNDER-RECOGNIZED MEDICAL EMERGENCY

    Despite its prevalence, delirium often goes unrecognized. Documenting two episodes of delirium - one in a patient with no underlying cognitive impairment, and one with some signs of memory loss - this DVD identifies the 4 key elements of the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) for assessing delirium. The DVD also explains Delirium Superimposed with Dementia (DSD), distinguishes between hyperactive, hypoactive, and mixed delirium, and documents the factors that increase risks for delirium.

    DVD / 2009 / 51 minutes

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    GERIATRIC DEPRESSION SCALE (GDS)

    This training DVD demonstrates the importance of improving quality of life by assessing and treating depression in older adults. It provides potential ways to treat the depression, as well as, how to recognize the range of symptoms, and properly interpret the assessment (even when dealing with severely withdrawn or hesitant persons). The DVD also discusses how multidisciplinary staff can communicate and adapt these findings toward an effective Plan of Care.

    DVD / 2009 / 28 minutes

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    HOROWITZ IMPACT OF EVENT SCALE: AN ASSESSMENT OF POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS IN OLDER ADULTS - REVISED

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect an older adult's coping ability and sense of well-being; it is often difficult to discern, and may surface as a physical complaint with no immediately identifiable medical cause. The DVD shows how to apply the revised Horowitz Impact of Events Scale to measure response to trauma so underlying issues can be addressed. The DVD also documents how to identify risk factors, and establish appropriate treatments--including cognitive behavioral, exposure, and solution-focused therapies.

    DVD / 2009 / 40 minutes

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    MENTAL STATUS ASSESSMENT (MINI-COG)

    Using the case of an 89-year-old woman who is experiencing mild cognitive impairment after a fall, this DVD discusses when and how to administer and interpret the Mini-Cog to screen for potential causes. The DVD also explains the difference between delirium and dementia, and addresses ongoing safety and lifestyle issues that can improve quality of life for older adults.

    DVD / 2009 / 31 minutes

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    RECOGNITION OF DEMENTIA IN HOSPITALIZED OLDER ADULTS

    The prevalence of dementia among hospitalized older adults is estimated at about 25%, with the dementia often going undetected during a hospital stay. This DVD shows how to use the Recognition of Dementia In Hospitalized Older Adults screening tool to identify any signs of dementia. Care providers will also learn how to recognize behavior triggers, how to address risks associated with dementia, and how to formulate an ongoing plan of care.

    DVD / 2009 / 30 minutes

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    EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF RESIDENTS

    When residents are depressed, confused or display aggressive behavior, the nursing assistant's job becomes a difficult task. This program is intended to make the assistant more sensitive to the resident and family when behavior problems occur.

    DVD / 2008 / 30 minutes

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    DETECTING DEPRESSION AND NURSING STRATEGIES

    Presenters: Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN; Michele Laria, MSN, RN; Linda Beeber, PhD, RN; Carol Glod, MS, RN

    Prominent physicians and nurses discuss the fundamentals of depression and its detection as well as treatment options for the disease. Specific topics include: definition, epidemiology, consequences and diagnosis of depression/patient education and compliance counseling; etiology of depression; treatment options - psychotherapy; treatment options - medications.


    DVD / 2006 / 120 minutes

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    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS AND PATIENT CARE: ANTIANXIETY AGENTS

    The purpose of this course is to provide nurses an understanding of the types of anxiety disorders, medications used in nursing intervention,and the possible side effects of these medications. This program has been updated to include currently used medications including anxiolytic, antidepressant, and antipsychotic medications.

    DVD / 2005 / 24 minutes

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    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS AND PATIENT CARE: ANTIDEPRESSANT AGENTS

    Depression may affect up to 5% of the general population each year. This program takes a systemic look at this common illness. Neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain are examined, including theories related to how medication provides relief from depression. The three broad categories of antidepressant agents are examined: tricylic agents, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Specific agents within each group are discussed with a focus on drug interactions and precautions, and potential side effects.

    DVD / 2005 / 23 minutes

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    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS AND PATIENT CARE: ANTIPSYCHOTIC AGENTS

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of the schizophrenia, medications used in nursing intervention, and the possible side effects of these medications. This program has been updated to include currently used first and second generation antipsychotic medications, and treatment techniques.

    DVD / 2005 / 24 minutes

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    PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS AND PATIENT CARE: MOOD STABILIZING AGENTS

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses an understanding of the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, nursing interventions, and the medications used to treat bipolar disorders. This program has been updated to reflect currently used mood stabilizing medications such as lithium, anticonvulsants, antipsychotic agents and olanzapine.

    DVD / 2005 / 23 minutes

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    CARING FOR THE COGNITIVELY IMPAIRED CLIENT

    Many times chronic illnesses contribute to mental and behavioral changes. This program focuses on various causes and the proper response. We will discuss the various warning signs of depression and review the types of functional and organic disorders. You will also learn the difference between delirium and depression.

    DVD / 2003 / 24 minutes

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    IMPROVING YOUR REHABILITATIVE NURSING SKILLS

    The goal of rehabilitative nursing is not just care-taking, but teaching and reinforcing so that the resident can live as independently as possible. Learn why optimal wellness is critical regardless of disability or disease. We will also review how to work with patients who have limited mobility including procedures for moving a patient and the importance of promoting self-care with the help of adaptive devices.

    DVD / 2003 / 23 minutes

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    COMMUNICATING WITH MODERATELY CONFUSED OLDER ADULTS

    Using actual footage of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, geriatric experts highlight the characteristics and most effective approaches for understanding and helping moderately confused older adults.

    DVD / 20 minutes

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    COMMUNICATING WITH ORIENTED OLDER ADULTS

    Here, techniques of empathy, listening, nonverbal communication, questioning and information gathering are demonstrated and discussed. A special focus on suicidal behavior is included -- enlightening for new care providers and affirming for experienced care givers!

    DVD / 20 minutes

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    COMMUNICATING WITH SEVERELY CONFUSED OLDER ADULTS

    Characteristics and intervention techniques associated with the later stages of dementia disorders are defined and demonstrated with actual older adults experiencing severe confusion. Seeing these touching examples of gentle understanding will give new insight to those viewing this video.

    DVD / 20 minutes

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    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: CLIENT EXPERIENCING MANIA

    Our next example demonstrates a nurses who is finding it quite challenging to care for a client who is suffering from a condition called manic depression. The novice nurse is really struggling as she tries to maintain control over a home visit she is making to her client. In the second scenario the expert nurse also finds it difficult to maintain control over the visit, but manages to do so in a much more skillful and confident manner. The expert nurse also makes an important follow-up telephone call after her visit.

    DVD / 25 minutes

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    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: DEMENTIA & AGITATION

    It can be very challenging for mental health nurses to care for persons with dementias like Alzheimer's disease. In this pair of vignettes, a novice tries to comfort and re-orient an older man with dementia in a nursing home. Then we witness how a more experienced nurse is able to help the older man feel much less anxious about his current situation. A second set of vignettes demonstrates some of the skills and techniques needed when caring for a person with severe anxiety.

    DVD / 25 minutes

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    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: DEPRESSION & SUICIDE

    Most of us can relate to being "down" or "blue" at various points in our lives, but occasionally mental health nurses are called upon to care for persons with severe depression. In these two vignettes you'll see how to avoid some of the common mistakes made by novice nurses, and how an expert nurse is able to help a depressed and suicidal client.

    DVD / 25 minutes

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    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: MENTAL STATUS ASSESSMENT

    One of the things that mental health nurses must do on a continuous basis with their clients is monitoring their mental status. In this pair of vignettes, you will see a novice and expert nurse conducting a mental status assessment with a client who is difficult to engage.

    DVD / 25 minutes

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    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: MENTAL STATUS ASSESSMENT

    One of the things that mental health nurses must do on a continuous basis with their clients is monitoring their mental status. In this pair of vignettes, you will see a novice and expert nurse conducting a mental status assessment with a client who is difficult to engage.

    DVD / 25 minutes

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    MENTAL HEALTH NURSING: VERBAL & PHYSICAL AGGRESSION

    Unfortunately, mental health nurses may have to care for persons who, for a variety of reasons, may be physically threatening or aggressive. With a variety of special intervention skills and knowledge the expert mental health nurse demonstrates how to care safely and effectively for these patients. The situation example also demonstrates how a nurse can build trust and rapport with a client experiencing bizarre thoughts or beliefs íV known as delusion.

    DVD / 25 minutes

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    MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS OF OLDER ADULTS

    In this video, a psychiatrist discusses and demonstrates delirium, dementia, depression and personality disorders as experienced by older adults. This illustrative video promotes more accurate and effective communication about mental health problems.

    DVD / 20 minutes

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