NURS 6630 Sleep Wake Disorders Discussion
NURS 6630 Sleep Wake Disorders Discussion
It is not uncommon to experience a night or two of disrupted
sleep when there is something major going on in your life. However, sleep/wake
disorders are much more than an occasional night of disrupted sleep. A recent
report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that
between 50 and 70 million American have problems with sleep/wake disorders
(CDC, 2015). Although the vast majority of Americans will visit their primary
care provider for treatment of these disorders, many providers will refer
patients for further evaluation. For this Discussion, you consider how you
might assess and treat the individuals based on the provided client factors.
Assess client factors and history to develop personalized
therapy plans for clients with sleep/wake disorders
Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and
pharmacodynamic processes in clients requiring therapy for sleep/wake disorders
Evaluate efficacy of treatment plans for clients presenting
for sleep/wake therapy
Apply knowledge of providing care to adult and geriatric
clients presenting for sleep/wake disorders
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.
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.
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 11, “Disorders of Sleep and Wakefulness and Their
Stahl, S. M. (2014b). The prescriber’s guide (5th ed.). New
York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
To access information on the following medications, click on
The Prescriber’s Guide, 5th ed tab on the Stahl Online website and select the
Review the following medications:
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and
statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.
Davidson, J. (2016).
Pharmacotherapy of post-traumatic stress disorder: Going beyond the guidelines.
British Journal of Psychiatry, 2(6), e16-e18. doi:10.1192/bjpo.bp.116.003707.
Retrieved from http://bjpo.rcpsych.org/content/2/6/e16
To prepare for this Discussion:
Note: By Day 1 of this week, your Instructor will have
assigned you to one of the following case studies to review for this
Discussion. To access the following case studies, click on the Case Studies tab
on the Stahl Online website and select the appropriate volume and case number.
Case 1: Volume 2, Case #16: The woman who liked late-night
Case 2: Volume 2, Case #11: The figment of a man who looked
upon the lady
Case 3: Volume 1, Case #5: The sleepy woman with anxiety
Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the
insights they provide.
Go to the Stahl Online website and examine the case study
you were assigned.
Take the pretest for the case study.
Review the patient intake documentation, psychiatric
history, patient file, medication history, etc. As you progress through each
section, formulate a list of questions that you might ask the patient if he or
she were in your office.
Based on the patient’s case history, consider other people
in his or her life that you would need to speak to or get feedback from (i.e.,
family members, teachers, nursing home aides, etc.).
Consider whether any additional physical exams or diagnostic
testing may be necessary for the patient.
Develop a differential diagnoses for the patient. Refer to
the DSM-5 in this week’s Learning Resources for guidance.
Review the patient’s past and current medications. Refer to
Stahl’s Prescriber’s Guide and consider medications you might select for this
Review the posttest for the case study.