As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, it
is essential for you to have a strong background in foundational neuroscience.
In order to diagnose and treat patients, 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
For this Discussion, review the Learning
Resources and reflect on the concepts of foundational neuroscience as they
might apply to your role as the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in
prescribing medications for patients.
Post a response to each of the following:
agonist-to-antagonist spectrum of action of psychopharmacologic agents,
including how partial and inverse agonist functionality may impact the efficacy
of psychopharmacologic treatments.
Compare and contrast the
actions of g couple proteins and ion gated channels.
Explain how the role of
epigenetics may contribute to pharmacologic action.
Explain how this
information may impact the way you prescribe medications to patients. Include a
specific example of a situation or case with a patient in which the psychiatric
mental health nurse practitioner must be aware of the medication’s action.