Continuing Nursing Education: Podcasts on Clinical Psychopharmacology Released by American Psychiatric Nurses Association

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Podcasts provide updates on clinical psychopharmacology and on-the-go continuing nursing education.

The 16 podcasts, which range from 60 to 180 minutes, offer the opportunity to earn continuing nursing education contact hours ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 per session.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association today released a new continuing education series of podcasts. The sessions cover clinical psychopharmacology and recovery from pain, distress, and suffering across the lifespan. Now available in the APNA eLearning Center, they are appropriate for generalist and advanced practice psychiatric nurses alike, as well as other psychiatric mental health practitioners, especially those who administer and/or prescribe medications.

Recognizing the importance of recovery in the treatment of mental illness, this continuing education content is framed within a recovery-oriented perspective. Topics covered include how to apply a neurophysiology based approach in prescribing practice (Guide to Rational Prescribing: Neurophysiology and Drug Mechanisms of Action), practical methods to inform and encourage consumers in medication adherence (Recovery and Adherence: Illness Cognition from Anosognosia to Adjustment and Pediatric Psychotropic Medication Adherence), coordinating psychiatric care with pain management (Defensible, Rational, and Compassionate Pain Management), and other clinical psychopharmacological pearls applicable to a real world setting.

The 16 podcasts, which range from 60 to 180 minutes, offer the opportunity to earn continuing nursing education contact hours ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 per session. APNA members also can earn one free continuing nursing education contact hour through the new podcast, Migraine Headaches: An Interactive Presentation. Prices for the other sessions range from $15 to $39 for APNA members and from $15 to $89 for non members, depending upon the length of the session. These podcasts can be easily accessed and ordered at

The sessions were originally presented and recorded at the APNA 9th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute, June 16-19, 2011 in Reston, Virginia. This psychopharmacology conference addressed the interaction of neurobiological and genetic mechanisms, recovery from mental health disorders and clinical syndromes and current health care issues in recovery including transcultural care delivery. Complex health issues, polypharmacy, and recently approved medications were also addressed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA’s membership is inclusive of all psychiatric mental health registered nurses including associate degree, baccalaureate, advanced practice (comprised of clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners), and nurse scientists and academicians (PhD). APNA serves as a resource for psychiatric mental health nurses to engage in networking, education, and the dissemination of research.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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