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Select one drug to treat the diagnosis(es) or symptoms.

General Directions

Review the provided case study to complete this week’s discussion.

Include the following sections:

  1. Application of Course Knowledge: Answer all questions/criteria with explanations and detail.
  2. Select one drug to treat the diagnosis(es) or symptoms.
  3. List medication class and mechanism of action for the chosen medication.
  4. Write the prescription in prescription format.
  5. Provide an evidence-based rationale for the selected medication using at least one scholarly reference. Textbooks may be used for additional references but are not the primary reference.
  6. List any side effects or adverse effects associated with the medication.
  7. Include any required diagnostic testing. State the time frame for this testing (testing is before medication initiation or q 3 months, etc.). Includes normal results range for any listed laboratory tests.
  8. Provide a minimum of three appropriate medication-related teaching points for the client and/or family.
  9. Integration of Evidence: Integrate relevant scholarly sources as defined by program expectations:
  10. Cite a scholarly source in the initial post.
  11. Cite a scholarly source in one faculty response post.
  12. Cite a scholarly source in one peer post.
  13. Accurately analyze, synthesize, and/or apply principles from evidence with no more than one short quote (15 words or less) for the week.
  14. Include a minimum of two different scholarly sources per week. Cite all references and provide references for all citations.
  15. Engagement in Meaningful Dialogue: Engage peers and faculty by asking questions, and offering new insights, applications, perspectives, information, or implications for practice.
  16. Peer Response: Respond to at least one peer on a topic other than the initially assigned topic.
  17. Faculty Response: Respond to at least one faculty post.
  18. Communicate using respectful, collegial language and terminology appropriate to advanced nursing practice.
  19. Professionalism in Communication: Communicate with minimal errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation.
  20. Reference Citation: Use current APA format to format citations and references and is free of errors.

May use these References


Gabriel, F. C., De Melo, D. O., Fraguas, R., Leite-Santos, N. C., Mantovani da Silva, R. A., & Ribeiro, E. (2020). Pharmacological treatment of depression: A systematic review comparing clinical practice guideline recommendations. PLOS ONE, 15(4), e0231700. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0231700

Salehi, Hadizadeh, H., Chang, A., & Grados, M. A. (2019). Recommendations for prescribing
           SSRIs. Contemporary Pediatrics (Montvale, N.J.), 36(11), 24–27.

Stahl, S.M. (2020). Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Prescribers guide (7th ed.). Cambridge
           University Press.

Stahl, S. M. (2021).  Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical
           applications (5th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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