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This activity was developed to provide nurses and other healthcare workers with an understanding of schizophrenia, medications used in nursing intervention, and the possible side effects of these medications.

No commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

STATEMENT OF NEEDSchizophrenia is a serious mental illness that can sometimes lead patients to harm themselves or others. Psychotropic medications have radically transformed the treatment of schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders, but their use can be challenging. Nurses and other healthcare professionals need to know how these powerful medications can be used safely, and what potential side effects to look for.

To complete this activity and obtain CE credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction/Disclosures section in its entirety.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.
  • Submit the online activity evaluation form.

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    CREDIT DESIGNATIONMedcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    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 The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Pathology of Schizophrenia
  • Interventions for Schizophrenia
  • Antipsychotic Medications
  • Side Effects
  • Conclusion

    LEARNING OBJECTIVESAfter 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.

    This educational activity was wholly developed, written, and produced by Medcom, Inc., G. Rand Rodriguez, editor. C.J. Davantis, MD, John Davidson, MD, Clifford, R. Elliot, R.PH, Kenneth D. Lundgren, Pharm.D, Hannah E. MacGregor, MD, Jan Moore, RN, Lucien C. Morin, MSN, MHNP, and Fred Raleigh, Pharm.D, served as subject matter experts in review of the content, and performed content validation reviews. Marguerite Voorhees RN, MN, CNS, CPHQ, CPHRM, served as nurse planner.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    UNAPPROVED USE DISCLOSUREMedcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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