Chemical and Other Dependencies

by Diana Shenefield, PhD

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    Hi, my name is Diana Shenefield. and we are gonna talk about the topic in Psychosocial Integrity that encompasses Chemical and Other Dependencies. Then we are gonna talk about alcohol withdrawal, illegal drug withdrawal and get us thinking about what these patients are gonna look like when the come in to our facilities. But also what kind of signs and symptoms as I am gonna pick up on as they are in our facilities. So again this falls under Psychosocial Integrity in the NCLEX review. Again knowing what's substances and what kinds of signs and symptoms I need to be watching for. I am gonna assess my patients. They have drug/alcohol related dependencies. Again a lot of times patients aren't gonna tell you that when they walk in the door. That they are addicted to something and so being able to catch signs and symptoms. Being able to pick up on subtleties and their assessment so that I can be prepared in the back of my mind. In case they do go through withdrawal. And then to be able to evaluate the treatment plan and revise as needed. Again if i don't know my patient is addicted to say alcohol and they start going through withdrawal. Not only as I going to change my care plan because of the withdrawal. But may be because of the treatment for the other disease process that brought them into the facility. So again can I pickup on those assessments and reevaluate and reassess to make sure that my patient is taking care of to the best of my ability. So let's start with the question that you might see on NCLEX. Which nursing assessment should indicate to a nurse that a newly admitted patient is in amphetamine withdrawal? Again most of the times...

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    The lecture Chemical and Other Dependencies by Diana Shenefield, PhD is from the course Psychosocial Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Chemical and Other Dependiencies
    • Alcohol Abuse
    • Assessment of Alcohol Amnestic syndrome
    • Drug Abuse
    • Interventions for Drug Abuse

    Author of lecture Chemical and Other Dependencies

     Diana Shenefield, PhD

    Diana Shenefield, PhD

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