NURS120 Drug Calculations and their Implications
Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Nursing
- I. Course Number and Title
- NURS120 Drug Calculations and their Implications
- II. Number of Credits
- 1 credit
- III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
- 750 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
Learning Goals:At the end of the course, the student will be able to: Calculate specific drug problems at an 80% proficiency. Apply the metric and apothecary systems. Use specific abbreviations to calculate drug problems. Analyze data relevant to administering safe dosages.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- continuous and intermittent intravenous rates.
- 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.
- calculating caloric content of Total Parenteral Nutrition, oral and enteral feedings.
- calculations related to blood products.
- following protocols for drug calculations.
- evaluating and analyzing the implications of the drug and administration.
- reviewing "steady state" and "half life" of medications that dosage calculations are required.
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:The current textbook is listed in the course format. Procedure and protocol guidelines from health care facilities will be distributed with permission of the facility.
- VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
- Interactive lecture and home activity worksheets.
Review/Approval Date - 2/99