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Understanding and Caring for People with Schizophrenia

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Course Overview

Understanding and Caring for People with Schizophrenia
Tanya Kidd, author

Author: Tanya Kidd

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that causes changes in an individual’s thinking, behavior, and how they process information due to experiencing delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech. This condition affects approximately 1% of the world’s population (20 million) worldwide but is not as common as other mental disorders (1). Schizophrenia causes a tremendous burden on the health, social, and economic status not only for patients but for their families, caregivers, and society.  

Treating a patient experiencing schizophrenic symptoms is an extraordinarily complex task, and it can sometimes take years before the patient responds to the therapy. People with schizophrenia require lifelong treatment, and the care they receive is essential to their recovery. These nurses have a greater responsibility to make sure that the individuals social, physical, psychological, and spiritual needs are met. Understanding the complex nature of schizophrenia will help the nurse be able to provide the best care possible for the patients that is experiencing positive and negative symptoms in the prodromal, acute, or recovery phase. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction  
  2. Case Studies 
  3. Definition  
  4. Symptoms  
  5. Causes and Risk Factors of Schizophrenia  
  6. DSM5 Criteria for Diagnosis  
  7. Stages of Schizophrenia
    – Prodromal
    – Acute
    – Recovery 
  8. Current Treatment
    – Pharmacological
    – Psychosocial therapy 
  9. Role of the Nurse Understanding and Caring for Patients with Schizophrenia 
  10. Healthcare and Economic Impact  
  11. Conclusion  
  12. References  

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss understanding and caring for people with schizophrenia in a healthcare setting. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Have a clear understanding of schizophrenia. 
  2. Identify positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. 
  3. Identify at least three treatment modalities for schizophrenia and understand the importance of continued treatment. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: May 12, 2021

Course Expires on: may 13, 2024

Course Offering: #65