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This activity was developed to provide nurses and other healthcare workers with an initial understanding of bipolar disorder, its signs and symptoms, and the interventions used to treat it. It also provides a detailed look at major mood stabilizing medications and their side effects.

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

STATEMENT OF NEEDTo provide effective help for patients with bipolar disorder, nurses and other healthcare professionals need to become familiar with the primary mood stabilizing medications and their side effects. This course is designed to raise awareness about bipolar disorder, its signs and symptoms, and the interventions used to treat it.

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.

    This program will introduce the condition known as bipolar disorder, and provides an overview of the current medications and nursing interventions for treating it. This program discusses the signs and symptoms that may be encountered during an assessment of patients with bipolar disorder, an overview of the pathology of the condition, and an overview of nursing interventions used to manage it—including a detailed look at the major medications used. The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Pathology of Bipolar Disorder
  • Interventions for Bipolar Disorder
  • The Intervention Process
  • Side Effects
  • Conclusion

    LEARNING OBJECTIVESAfter completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • 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.

    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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