Learning materials

1. Stahl, S. (2021). Essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (5th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

  • 2. Stahl, S. (2020). Essential psychopharmacology: The prescriber’s guide (7th ed.). Cambridge University Press. (Reference as needed.)





Tell a “story” by describing how a neuronal impulse creates a cascade of events to occur within the neuron and between neurons. Imagine that you are explaining how neuronal activation occurs, and what the step-by-step processes are, as you would to a fellow nurse practitioner who has not specialized in psychiatric nursing but is familiar with medical/biology terminology.

Concepts/words that must be incorporated and explained throughout your story include:

  • 1. Neurotransmitter
  • 2. Synaptic cleft
  • 3. Receiving neuron
  • 4. Signal Transduction Cascade
  • 5. Voltage-gated and Ligand-ion channels
  • 6. G-protein-linked receptor
  • 7. Agonist, partial agonist, antagonist, and inverse agonist and their role in signal transduction


  • Carefully read the questions presented.
  • Reflect on the assigned materials from this week and consider experiences from your own practice to support your ideas.
  • Include at least three outside scholarly references to support your statements. Your sources must use APA format.





Provides clear examples supported by course content and references. Cites three or more references, using at least one new scholarly resource that was not provided in the course materials. All instruction requirements noted.


Initial post and peer post(s) made on multiple separate days. All instruction requirements noted.


Well-organized content with a clear and complex purpose statement and content argument. Writing is concise with a logical flow of ideas.


Correct APA formatting with no errors. The writer correctly identifies the reading audience, as demonstrated by appropriate language (avoids jargon and simplifies complex concepts appropriately). Writing is concise, in active voice, and avoids awkward transitions and overuse of conjunctions. There are no spelling, punctuation, or word-usage errors.


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