NURS120 Drug Calculations and their Implications

Department of Professional Studies: Nursing

I. Course Number and Title
NURS120 Drug Calculations and their Implications
II. Number of Credits
1 credit
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Nursing major, RN, or LPN license. Elective.
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is designed for nursing students and for nurses returning to practice. Drug calculations, intravenous solutions, and their implications will be covered.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

    1. calculate specific drug problems at an 80% proficiency;
    2. apply the metric and apothecary systems;
    3. use specific abbreviations to calculate drug problems; and
    4. analyze data relevant to administering safe dosages.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. continuous and intermittent intravenous rates
    2. mixing medications, infusion rates, and calculations based on milligrams/ldlogram of body weight/hour micrograms/kilogram of body weight/mmute milligrams per body surface area using nomograms
    3. calculating caloric content of Total Parenteral Nutrition, oral and enteral feedings
    4. calculations related to blood products
    5. following protocols for drug calculations
    6. evaluating and analyzing the implications of the drug and administration
    7. reviewing "steady state" and "half life" of medications that dosage calculations are required
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    The current textbook is listed in the course syllabus. Procedure and protocol guidelines from health care facilities will be distributed with permission of the facility.

Review/Approval Date - 2/99; New Core 8/2015