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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 212
Course Title: Pharmacology for Nursing
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course is designed to provide the nursing student with a sound basis for the clinical application of pharmacology. The basics of core drug knowledge, including pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, with patient-related variables affecting pharmacotherapy are presented. Emphasis is placed on learning drug classification by categories affecting various body systems and disease states. Legal aspects of drug administration, including nursing safeguards are included.

RN students who have had a previous Pharmacology course for nurses may apply for a course waiver. If the RN student has not had a previous Pharmacology course, the student may choose to complete the
test out process, take this course in-seat, or take the course online.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to the RN to BSN program.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

Pharmacology and the Nursing Process
By Lilley, L., Rainforth Collins, S. & Snyder, J. (Mosby: Elsevier)
Course Objectives

• To discuss the collection of biopsychosocial data with emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
• To describe cultural implications with pharmacological therapies.
• To discuss the nursing process in planning pharmacological therapies.
• To describe nursing collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team for safe pharmacological therapies.
• To discuss teaching and learning to improve patient outcomes with an emphasis on safety and the various pharmacological therapies.
• To interpret the nursing process with emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
• To interpret professional behaviors valued by nursing with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies and safety in clinical practice.
• To choose evidenced-based nursing knowledge to guide practice with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
• To interpret the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner with an emphasis on safety while managing pharmacological therapies.

• To discuss principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship with an emphasis on safe pharmacological therapies.

Measurable Learning

• Explain basic pharmacologic terms.
• Describe the critical thinking skills with regards to the medication administration rights in order to safely manage the medication administration process.
• Apply medication-specific knowledge and patient learning principles when educating patients about their medication regimes.
• Describe how drugs are classified.
• Describe a nurse's legal and ethical responsibilities in medication administration.
• Identify authoritative sources for drug information. 
• Describe the actions, indications, precautions, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and nursing management of medications affecting major body systems.
• Describe the differences between chemical generic and trade names of drug products.

Topical Outline:

• Pharmacological terminology.
• Classification system(s) of drugs.
• Pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of medications.
• Medications as they relate to major body systems.
• Cultural and psychological beliefs on drug therapy.
• The nursing process as it relates to medication administration in different patient care situations.
• Legal and ethical considerations re: drug therapy and medication administration.
• Safety in regards to medication administration.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Faye Fairchild Date: November 1, 2013
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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