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NA: Care of a Resident With a Chronic Psychiatric Disorder

presented by Jennifer Serafin, RN, BSN, MS, GNP-BC, GS-C

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Financial— Jennifer Serafin receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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This course will explore the subject of caring for patients with chronic psychiatric disorders. The major psychiatric conditions that are common in LTC facilities will be explored. The course will also discuss the symptoms common to each disorder and what the nursing assistant can expect when working with residents presenting with psychiatric disorders, as well as techniques for de-escalation when a resident is experiencing a psychiatric crisis.

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Jennifer Serafin, RN, BSN, MS, GNP-BC, GS-C

Jennifer Serafin graduated from the University of Maryland with a BSN in 1995 and received her MS in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco in June 1999. She has been a certified Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner for almost 20 years. She has experience working with older adults in long-term care/SNF settings and assisted living…

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1. Introduction to Caring for Residents With a Psychiatric Disorder

In this chapter, we will introduce the different psychiatric disorders you will likely encounter in your facility, discuss the agenda and learning objectives for this course, and present three scenarios of example residents.

2. Learning About Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder

In this chapter, we’ll discuss the three most common psychiatric disorders that you will encounter: anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. We will explain the common symptoms associated with each of these disorders, and what you can expect when working with a resident who has one of these disorders. Finally, we will return to the example residents from our first chapter and identify which psychiatric disorder each one exhibits.

3. Learning About Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, Suicidal Ideation, and Dementia

This chapter will present additional psychiatric disorders and behaviors that you will encounter in your facility and discuss strategies for how best to respond when working with residents.

4. How to Manage a Psychiatric Crisis

Nursing assistants are the staff members most involved with resident care. They must learn to deal with psychiatric issues, including anger and/or boundary issues. This section will outline how to set limits and make safety of staff and other residents a priority, and present a demonstration of how to work with a resident who is experiencing a psychiatric crisis.

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