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
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).
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Principles of pharmacology
- Pharmacoldnetics throughout the life-span
- Drugs affecting the respiratory and endocrine system
- Drugs used for pain relief
- Drugs affecting the central nervous system
- Drugs used in mental health disorders
- Drugs affecting the autonomic nervous system
- Drugs affecting the blood and cardiovascular system
- Drugs affecting the urinary system
- Basic chemotherapy agents
- Dermatology preparations
- Reproductive hormones
- Substance abuse and the impaired nurses
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
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