3011-18: Mini Concurrent Sessions: Pharmacology

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3011-18:  Pharmacogenetics Testing in Outpatient Mental Health Clinics | A Study of the Use of Psychopharmacologic Agents by Acutely Medically Ill Older Adults

This mini concurrent session includes two 20-minute presentations (described below) plus Q&A.

Pharmacogenetics Testing in Outpatient Mental Health Clinics
This presentation introduces how pharmacogenetic testing in being utilized in current practice among mental health clinicians. The participant will leave with an understanding of how these tests are actually being implemented and support precision medicine in the unique context of outpatient mental health practice.  
Presenter:  Tammie Gainey, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

A Study of the Use of Psychopharmacologic Agents by Acutely Medically Ill Older Adults
This presentation will discuss a retrospective study of the safety of the use of psychopharmacological agents with acutely medically ill older adults in the general hospital setting. The study findings warn of the overuse of PRN medication of all kinds, and polypharmacy for this population.   
Presenter:  Steven L. Baumann, APRN, NP

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:  37 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Compare/contrast pharmacogenetic testing and how such testing is being utilized in outpatient mental health clinics to improve patient outcomes.
  2. Describe the risk of over use of psychopharmacological medication, specifically PRNs in the acutely medically ill older adult.

Keywords:  Pharmacogenetic, Mental Health, Decision Making, Psychopharmacology, Older Adults, Safety

Continuing Nursing Education
0.5 pharmacology 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 with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 32nd Annual Conference
Columbus, Ohio
Friday, October 26, 2018
12:00pm - 12:45pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2020

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