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Antipsychotic Medications

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable the learner to: identify clinical best practice guidelines when administering antipsychotic medications to the older adult.


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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. State two (2) indications for use of antipsychotic medications.
  2. Identify three (3) adverse effects of antipsychotic medications.
  3. List three (3) guidelines for use of antipsychotic medications in the older adult.

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge about the risks and benefits of antipsychotic medications by passing a post-lesson quiz with a score of 85% or greater accuracy.


Sarah O’Shea, PharmD, RPh

Sarah graduated from Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 2015 and is currently employed as a pharmacist at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. In her role in main pharmacy, Sarah is tasked with complete pharmaceutical support for all hospital units, managing the transition from unit-specific pharmacy support during the day to a more centralized staff pharmacy support model overnight. Prior to working as a pharmacist, Sarah spent seven years as a hospital pharmacy technician, helping her bridge the gap between pharmacist and technician responsibilities in the hospital, and better informing her mentorship role for both junior pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

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Antipsychotic Medications

Medications must be used in a safe, effective manner that not only benefits the person taking them, but also diminishes the occurrence of significant adverse outcomes. Nurses play an important role in monitoring adverse effects of antipsychotic medications. This learning activity will help nurses identify the risks and benefits of the use of this medication classification as well as best practices for their use in the older adult.
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