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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

NURS 212: Pharmacology For Nursing

Course 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: Admission to the RN to BSN program

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Lilley, L. L., Rainforth Collins & Snyder, J. S.. (2017). Pharmacology and the Nursing Process (8th). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
    • [ISBN-978-0-323-35828-6]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

This course is a fast-paced eight week online session that covers basic pharmacological principles and concepts including drug actions, indications for use, contraindications, adverse effects, interactions, dosages, and drug profiles for specific patient populations. Exams, discussions, and case studies will be the learning modalities utilized to prepare the learner to assess and evaluate basic pharmacological needs for patients of all ages. 


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the collection of biopsychosocial data with emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  2. Describe cultural implications with pharmacological therapies.
  3. Discuss the nursing process in planning pharmacological therapies.
  4. Describe nursing collaboration within the multidisciplinary health care team for safe pharmacological therapies.
  5. Discuss teaching and learning to improve patient outcomes with an emphasis on safety and the various pharmacological therapies.
  6. Interpret the nursing process with emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  7. Interpret professional behaviors valued by nursing with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies and safety in clinical practice.
  8. Choose evidenced-based nursing knowledge to guide practice with an emphasis on pharmacological therapies.
  9. Interpret the nursing process in a responsible, accountable and ethical manner with an emphasis on safety while managing pharmacological therapies.
  10. Discuss principles of therapeutic communication within the nurse-patient relationship with an emphasis on safe pharmacological therapies.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 310-345 90-100%
B 276-309 80-89%
C 242-275 70-79%
D 207-241 60-69%
F 0-206 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Weekly Exams (7) 105 30%
Discussions (7) 105 30%
Case Studies (7) 105 30%
Final Exam 30 9%
Total 345 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 15 Saturday
Case Study 1 15
Exam 1 15 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 15 Saturday
Case Study 2 15
Exam 2 15 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 15 Saturday
Case Study 3 15
Exam 3 15 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 15 Saturday
Case Study 4 15
Exam 4 15 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 15 Saturday
Case Study 5 15
Exam 5 15 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 15 Saturday
Case Study 6 15
Exam 6 15 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 15 Saturday
Case Study 7 15
Exam 7 15 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Final Exam 30 Saturday
Total Points 345

Assignment Overview

Readings and Videos

Each week of the course you will have anywhere from 4-11 chapters of reading assigned from the chosen textbook.  In addition, a video assignment will accompany your textbook readings; links to these will be located in the course Content area on the weekly assignment page. These videos can also be accessed from the library link on the CC homepage.  Go to Stafford Library and using their “Find It” search, search the Videos tab for the video title.  

Discussions

Each week (except week 8) you will have a 15-point discussion due on Saturday.  Your initial post and two response posts are due by Saturday at 11:59 pm Central Time (CT). This course is dependent upon the exchange of ideas, experience and peer critique.  Therefore, your participation and positive citizenship in this course is fully expected. See the detailed discussion rubric at the end of the syllabus for specific discussion expectations.

For the benefit of all who are reading responses, please keep your personal agendas, attitudes, and grudges in check.  This course will sometimes touch on topics that will stir controversy and debate, which can and should be a healthy, educational exchange of ideas. However, remember that this exchange should be about learning, not “winning” a debate or verbal exchange.


Case Studies

Each week (except week 8) you will have a 15-point case study due.  All case studies are due Saturday by 11:59 pm CT. Case study details will be posted in the weekly assignments pages in the Content area of the course. A worksheet is also provided for each case study and can be downloaded from its respective Dropbox. Use Microsoft Word or another word processing software to complete the case study and submit it to the Dropbox. In each case study there are 5 questions worth 3 points each, for a total of 15 points. You must answer each question thoughtfully and thoroughly to earn the points.  

Weekly Exams

To coincide with your weekly readings, you will have to take a weekly timed exam worth 15 points. The weekly exams will consist of 60 multiple choice questions that come from your assigned textbook readings. Each exam question is worth .25 points for a total of 15 points for each weekly exam. You will have 75 minutes to complete each of the weekly exams. The weekly exams must be completed every Sunday by 11:59 pm CT. 

Further Study

Each week there is a section for further study.  This section highlights additional videos that would enhance your learning and understanding of the material and how it is applied in the healthcare setting. 

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be a total of 120 questions worth 30 points (.25 points per question). These final exam questions will come directly from the assigned textbook readings from weeks 1-7. You will have 150 minutes to complete the exam. The exam must be completed by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.  


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Part One: Pharmacology Basics
Readings

Textbook:  Chapters 1-9
Video: Pharmacodynamics: What the Drug does to the Body (see Content area for link)

Discussion 1

The nurse is to present information regarding antihypertensive drug therapy to two patients, a 41 year old and an 80 year old.  Describe the differences in interventions the nurse would use in his or her teaching strategies related to possible alterations in thought processes and sensory-perceptual status in these two patients.  

Case Study 1

Download the provided worksheet in the Case Study 1 Dropbox.  Enter your answers immediately below each question. Upload your completed document to the same dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.

Syllabus and Handbook Quiz

In order to access the Dropbox and submit Case Study 1, you will need to do the following:

  1. Review the course syllabus (located in the "Start Here" section of the Course Content area)
  2. Review the RN to BSN Student Handbook (located in the "Start Here" section of the Course Content area)
  3. Score 100% on the Syllabus and Handbook Quiz (located in the Quizzes area)

The link for Case Study 1 will not appear until all three actions have been completed.

Exam 1

This exam covers chapters 1 through 9 of the textbook. There are 60 questions and you will have 75 minutes to complete it.  The exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Week 2: Part Two: Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous System
Readings

Textbook:  Chapters 10-17
Video: Medication Treatment

Discussion 2

Describe how nicotine is used to ease withdrawal from nicotine use.  Compare the use of bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix) in smoking cessations programs.

Case Study 2

Download the provided worksheet in the Case Study 2 Dropbox.  Enter your answers immediately below each question. Upload your completed document to the same dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.

Exam 2

This exam covers chapters 10 through 17 of the textbook. There are 60 questions and you will have 75 minutes to complete it.  The exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Week 3: Part Three: Drugs Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System
Readings

Textbook:  Chapters 18-21
Video: When it Turns Against the Body

Discussion 3

Mrs. A has recently been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and is taking medication for the treatment of symptoms associated with the disease.  She asks the nurse, “How much success can I expect?”  How should the nurse respond?  What kind of negative effects should Mrs. A report to her physician?

Case Study 3

Download the provided worksheet in the Case Study 3 Dropbox.  Enter your answers immediately below each question. Upload your completed document to the same dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.

Exam 3

This exam covers chapters 18 through 21 of the textbook. There are 60 questions and you will have 75 minutes to complete it.  The exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Week 4: Part Four: Drugs Affecting the Cardiovascular and Renal Systems
Readings

Textbook:  Chapters 22-29
Video: Blood Pressure Medications and Anticoagulants

Discussion 4

Mr. D is a 47 year old business executive who travels frequently.  He is slightly overweight “from all that room service,” but he did quit smoking 5 years ago. He has no history of coronary heart disease (CHD), nor family history of CHD.  During a routine checkup, Mr. D is found to have an LDL cholesterol level of 180 mg/dl.  He says, “I’m a busy man!  Just give me some pills.  I’ve got a meeting to get to in Chicago!  Should the physician prescribe an antilipemic for Mr. D?  Explain your answer.

Case Study 4

Download the provided worksheet in the Case Study 4 Dropbox.  Enter your answers immediately below each question. Upload your completed document to the same dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.

Exam 4

This exam covers chapters 22 through 29 of the textbook. There are 60 questions and you will have 75 minutes to complete it.  The exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Week 5: Parts Five & Six: Drugs Affecting the Endocrine and Respiratory Systems
Readings

Textbook:  Chapters 30-37
Video: The Endocrine System

Discussion 5

The nurse has recently begun working on an endocrinology unit.  Her patient, Elizabeth, (a third-grader), is not growing at the expected rate.  The physician has ordered somatropin therapy for her.  What content will be focused on and emphasized when the nurse is teaching Elizabeth’s parents about giving this drug?  

Case Study 5

Download the provided worksheet in the Case Study 5 Dropbox.  Enter your answers immediately below each question. Upload your completed document to the same dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.

Exam 5

This exam covers chapters 30 through 37 of the textbook. There are 60 questions and you will have 75 minutes to complete it.  The exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Week 6: Parts Seven & Eight: Antibiotics, Chemotherapy and Immune Modifiers
Readings

Textbook:  Chapters 38-49
Video: Cephalosporins, Aminoglycosides, Macrolides and Quinolones 

Discussion 6

Describe the concept of cytoprotection and provide at least two examples of how this may be accomplished during chemotherapy.

Case Study 6

Download the provided worksheet in the Case Study 6 Dropbox.  Enter your answers immediately below each question. Upload your completed document to the same dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.

Exam 6

This exam covers chapters 38 through 49 of the textbook. There are 60 questions and you will have 75 minutes to complete it.  The exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Parts Nine & Ten: GI, Dermatologic, Ophthalmic and Otic Drugs
Readings

Textbook:  Chapters 50-58
Video: Critical Control: Nutrition and Care for the Renal Failure Patient 

Discussion 7

Mrs. P is advised to take omeprazole (Prilosec) capsules to treat her severe case of GERD; nothing else has worked.  Develop a patient teaching plan that will instruct Mrs. P about how to take this medication. 

Case Study 7

Download the provided worksheet in the Case Study 7 Dropbox.  Enter your answers immediately below each question. Upload your completed document to the same dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.

Exam 7

This exam covers chapters 50 through 58 of the textbook. There are 60 questions and you will have 75 minutes to complete it.  The exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.

Week 8: Ta Da! Finals Week
Final Exam

The Final Exam is cumulative, covering all chapters of the textbook we have covered in the course.  There are 120 questions and you will have 150 minutes to complete it. It will close on Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.  



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Case studies and exams will be accepted up to 24 hours late, with a 30% reduction in points. Twenty-four hours after the initial due date case studies and exams will receive zero points. 

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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