The mental health unit nurse is precepting a student nurse. Together they are caring for a client with schizophrenia. The nurse asks the student nurse to select the atypical antipsychotic from the client’s medication list. The nurse anticipates the student nurse to select which medication?
Number 3 is correct.
Rationale: Risperidone is the only atypical antipsychotic medication listed. Atypical antipsychotics treat the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, such as alogia (poverty of speech). Loxapine, thioridazine, and haloperidol are used to treat the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations.