2017-16: PTSD, Vagus Nerve, and Social Withdrawal: Heart-rate Variability as an Indicator of Symptom Severity and a Treatment Target for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

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Recorded On: 10/20/2016

2017-16: PTSD, Vagus Nerve, and Social Withdrawal: Heart-rate Variability as an Indicator of Symptom Severity and a Treatment Target for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

Objective clinical measures for determining symptom severity and/or response to treatment in PTSD are lacking. Due to clinically valid and cost-effective availability of advanced consumer technology, heart-rate variability could provide such measures due to its correlation with PTSD symptom severity and its relative ease of assessing in the clinical setting.

Presenters: William Chance Nicholson, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC; Teena McGuiness, PhD, CRNP, FAAN; Daniel Wyers, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Disclosures: The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose. Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation. 

Session Length: 45 minutes

Target Audience: RN, APRN

Session Objectives
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the vagus nerve in PTSD symptomology with particular emphasis on social, cognitive, and emotional function.
  2. Identify heart-rate variability (HRV) as a potential clinically-objective tool for assessing symptom severity and/or treatment response in PTSD.
  3. Identify technologies available to consumer and provider which can measure HRV easily, cost-effectively, and validly for use in the clinical setting.

Keywords: Vagus Nerve, Heart-Rate Variablilty, PTSD 

Continuing Nursing Education
0.75 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date.  You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass.  Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately.  You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

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

Originally Presented
APNA 30th Annual Conference
Hartford, Connecticut
Thursday, October 20
10:15am - 11:00am

Release Date: December 8, 2016
The contact hours for this session expire: November 30, 2019

 

 

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