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Psychiatric Home Care Nursing Part 1

presented by Constantine Checa-Gerena, MSN, PMHNP

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Financial: Constantine Checa-Gerena, BSN, RN-BC receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Video Runtime: 103 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 47 Minutes

Home care nurses may be ill equipped to work with patients with psychiatric diseases. Part I of this course provides an overview of common psychiatric conditions found in the community and exposes home care nurses to Medicare regulations and assessment tools. The disorders reviewed include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia & schizoaffective disorder and delirium.

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Constantine Checa-Gerena, MSN, PMHNP

As a nurse, it has been Constantine Checa-Gerena's passion to help people get through difficult times in their life's journey by bringing hope and healing. As an educator at heart, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience not only about home care nursing, but also about overcoming the mental and emotional barriers that get in…

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1. Psychiatric Home Care Nursing

This chapter covers the multiple roles of a psychiatric home health nurse. The nurse must be a patient advocate, health coach, coordinator of care and an educator to address the complexities that often accompany working with the older adult. This population usually has chronic medical conditions in addition to psychiatric co-morbidities requiring a holistic perspective to deliver quality care. The home health nurse must also be knowledgeable about Medicare rules.

2. Psychiatric Home Care Nursing: Patient Assessment

This chapter presents commonly used assessment tools for identifying risk factors and measuring signs and symptoms of psychiatric conditions. Using clinical observation and these assessment tools, the psychiatric home care nurse can gather information that leads to thoughtful and impactful nursing treatment plans.

3. An Introduction to Mood Disorders

This chapter discusses signs and symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder from the perspective of how these conditions impact the patient’s quality of life. It also reviews a holistic care plan which includes pharmacotherapy.

4. Anxiety Disorder: An Introduction

This chapter discusses anxiety in the older population and goes into detail about generalized anxiety disorder from the perspective of how these conditions impact the patient’s quality of life. It also reviews a holistic care plan which includes pharmacotherapy.

5. Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder

This chapter discusses schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder from the perspective of how these conditions impact the patient’s quality of life. It also reviews a holistic care plan which includes pharmacotherapy.

6. Delirium: An Overview

This chapter discusses delirium and how the psychiatric home care nurse can identify risk factors and signs and symptoms of delirium. It is critical to rule out physiological causes of change in mental status before attributing symptoms to another type of severe mental illness.

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