Psychopharmacology is a confusing subject, surely. It doesn't help that we don't really understand why many of these drugs work, or even the brain chemistry behind the disorders themselves. There are some great web resources out there, though. There are some great guidelines and algorithms @ Untitled Document
. I'm a little biased, because our committee developed the guidelines, but they are used by providers throughout Colorado, and I think they are pretty clear and concise. There are also some great (and free!) CE articles on Nurses - Medscape
Welcome to the world of psych nursing! Will you be prescribing? If you are, be sure to take advantage of PDR.net. They have a PDA version of the PDR they offer free for prescibers. Make sure you have a good MD to mentor you, and don't freak, you'll figure things out. Our MDs have to look things up all the time. Feel free to PM me if you have questions about anything specific. I'm still in school, but I have volunteered with psych populations for a decade.