Antidepressants: Nursing Care and Considerations
Major depression can significantly change a person’s social, family, and occupational functioning. Suicide- the most serious complication of major depression- can occur if feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and hopelessness overwhelm the person so much that they consider life is no longer worth living. Almost 15% of patients with untreated depression commit suicide and statistics show that most of them sought help from a doctor within 1 month of their death.

Course Publication Date: May 10, 2012

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Author:Jennifer Meyering RN, BSN, MS, CCRN
Course No:AC040212
Contact Hours:1.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Course Expiration:12/31/2016  NOTE: The course must be completed by the expiration date to receive credit
Category:Community & Home Health
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Oncologic Medicine
Psychiatric & Mental Health
Women's Health

NOTE: The course expired on 12/31/2016.

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Learning Objectives
  • List three general symptoms of depression.
  • State the pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics of medications used to treat depression.
  • Explain the nursing care of patients taking MAO inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and tricyclic antidepressants.


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