Students learn an overview of pharmacology with emphasis on clinical applications within the context of the nursing process. The course explores pharmacological principles, including indications, modes of action, side effects, contraindications and medical calculations for the safe administration of medications. Specific nursing judgment and collaborative responsibilities for drug administration are emphasized. Legal statutes and standards regulating drug administration within the scope of nursing professional identity are presented. Individualized patient variables across the lifespan will also be a focus of study. Group 2 course.
Admission to the nursing program, BIO 228
with grade of 2.5 or better, may be taken concurrently.
Corequisites HNR 101
, HNR 102
General Education Outcomes supported by this course
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge:
- Describes the concepts of administration, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and therapeutics.
- Identifies variables of age and genetics in pharmacological effects.
- Explains the regulatory and naming conventions of the field of pharmacology.
- Uses dimensional analysis to solve medical dosage calculations.
- Relates the role of nursing to the safe administration of pharmacological interventions.
Caring - Civic Learning:
- Recognizes the importance of pharmacological principles in their work with patients.
Learning How to Learn:
- Recognizes the importance of accurate medical calculations in the safe administration of medications.
- Applies course content toward a framework of standardized comprehensive testing.