NURS121 Pharmacology in Nursing

Department of Professional Studies: Nursing

I. Course Number and Title
NURS121 Pharmacology in Nursing
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
NURS101 (C or better), RN or LPN license. Elective.
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course discusses commonly used medications and their nursing implications. Related issues in gerontology, pediatrics, ethical concerns, and legal implications are integrated throughout the course.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    The student will be able to: integrate drug knowledge into nursing practice, evaluate a patient's status in relationship to drug therapy, discuss issues related to drug therapy, and understand the use/misuse of drugs.

    The student will be able to describe the: "The steady state" process of evaluating prescription drugs for safety, delivery process for drugs in the hospital, process of absorption, bio-availability, distribution, half-life, and excretion of drugs in the body, legal and ethical issues regarding narcotic control and aeration of medications, role of the professional nurse in the administration of drugs (including responsibility, accountability, and attitudes).

  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Principles of pharmacology
    2. Pharmacoldnetics throughout the life-span
    3. Drugs affecting the respiratory and endocrine system
    4. Drugs used for pain relief
    5. Drugs affecting the central nervous system
    6. Drugs used in mental health disorders
    7. Drugs affecting the autonomic nervous system
    8. Drugs affecting the blood and cardiovascular system
    9. Anti-infectives
    10. Drugs affecting the urinary system
    11. Basic chemotherapy agents
    12. Dermatology preparations
    13. Reproductive hormones
    14. Substance abuse and the impaired nurses
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

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

    Current textbooks are listed on the student reference list in the course syllabus. All listed texts are on reserve in the library. Interactive videos are in the college library. Video cassettes are available for viewing in the college laboratory.

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