March 30, 2017
This course provides 6.5 contact hours to nurses and 5.4 CEU’s to social workers.
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a potentially persistent side effect of taking antipsychotic (neuroleptic) medications. TD consists of specific involuntary movements in seven different areas of the body. This workshop is designed to teach nurses, social workers, and direct care staff to screen for the presence of tardive dyskinesia in all clients taking antipsychotic medication. You will learn how to use the DISCUS rating scale, the medical standard used to measure TD, and the skills for monitoring the development and progression of TD. A series of videotapes enables participants to practice using the DISCUS and demonstrate skills for DISCUS rating. The MOSES, a general side effect assessment scale for psychotropic medication, is reviewed as well.