NURS 6630 Foundational Neuroscience Discussion

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NURS 6630 Foundational Neuroscience Discussion

NURS 6630 Foundational Neuroscience Discussion

As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is
essential for you to have a strong background in foundational neuroscience. In
order to diagnose and treat clients, you must not only understand the
pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders, but also how medications for these
disorders impact the central nervous system. These concepts of foundational
neuroscience can be challenging to understand. Therefore, this Discussion is
designed to encourage you to think through these concepts, develop a rationale
for your thinking, and deepen your understanding by interacting with your

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Analyze the agonist-to-antagonist spectrum of action of
psychopharmacologic agents

Compare the actions of g couple proteins to ion gated

Analyze the role of epigenetics in pharmacologic action

Analyze the impact of foundational neuroscience on the
prescription of medications

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources,
please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course
Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Note: All Stahl
resources can be accessed through the Walden Library using this link. This link
will take you to a log-in page for the Walden Library. Once you log into the
library, the Stahl website will appear.

Stahl, S. M. (2013).
Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
applications (4th ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press *Preface, pp.

Note: To access the following chapters, click on the
Essential Psychopharmacology, 4th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select
the appropriate chapter. Be sure to read all sections on the left navigation
bar for each chapter.

Chapter 1, “Chemical Neurotransmission”

Chapter 2, “Transporters, Receptors, and Enzymes as Targets
of Psychopharmacologic Drug Action”

Chapter 3, “Ion Channels as Targets of Psychopharmacologic
Drug Action”

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Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2016i). Introduction to
psychopharmacology [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate
length of this media piece is 3 minutes.

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Optional Resources

Laureate Education (Producer). (2009). Pathopharmacology:
Disorders of the nervous system: Exploring the human brain [Video file].
Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate
length of this media piece is 15 minutes.

Dr. Myslinski reviews the structure and function of the
human brain. Using human brains, he examines and illustrates the development of
the brain and areas impacted by disorders associated with the brain.

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Laureate Education (Producer). (2012). Introduction to
advanced pharmacology [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate
length of this media piece is 8 minutes.

In this media presentation, Dr. Terry Buttaro, associate
professor of practice at Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences,
discusses the importance of pharmacology for the advanced practice nurse.

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To prepare for this Discussion:

Review this week’s Learning Resources.

Reflect on concepts of foundational neuroscience.


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