Pharmacology –

hcs260

(3 credits)

This course examines the pharmacodynamics of major drug classes and methods of calculating dosages. A review of safe administration of medication is provided. Emphasis is placed on nursing assessment and the management of therapeutics, particularly the toxic effects of pharmacotherapeutic interventions.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Legal Aspects of Pharmacology

  • Describe the impact of legislation on medication administration.
  • Compare and contrast students' workplace practices as related to drug administration.

Core Drug Knowledge

  • Define and give examples of the principles of core drug knowledge.

Medication Administration and Calculations

  • Describe the principles of safe medication administration, including the rights of medication administration.
  • Differentiate peripheral from central IV lines (include midline and PICC line).
  • Calculate IV drip flow rates.
  • Calculate dosages for oral and parenteral medications.

Medications Related to the Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Systems

  • Identify core drug knowledge for drugs that affect gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
  • Differentiate the classes of gastrointestinal and endocrine drugs by prototype.
  • Identify patient variables relevant to drugs that affect gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
  • Describe nursing interventions to enhance the therapeutic effects and decrease adverse effects for drugs that affect the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
  • Describe appropriate educational information—for patients and families—on gastrointestinal and endocrine drugs.

Medications Related to the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

  • Identify core drug knowledge for drugs that affect cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Differentiate the classes of cardiovascular and respiratory drugs by prototype.
  • Identify patient variables relevant to drugs that affect cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Describe nursing interventions to enhance the therapeutic effects and to decrease adverse effects for drugs that affect the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Describe appropriate educational information—for patients and families—on cardiovascular and respiratory drugs.

Medications Related to the Nervous System

  • Identify core drug knowledge for drugs that affect the nervous system.
  • Differentiate the classes of nervous system drugs by prototype.
  • Identify patient variables relevant to drugs that affect the nervous system.
  • Describe nursing interventions to enhance the therapeutic effects and decrease adverse effects for drugs that affect the nervous system.
  • Describe appropriate educational information—for patients and families—about nervous system drugs.

Medications Related to Immunity, Inflammation, & Infection

  • Identify core drug knowledge for drugs that affect the immune system, inflammation, and infection.
  • Differentiate the classes of drugs that affect the immune system, inflammation, and infection by prototype.
  • Identify patient variables relevant to drugs that affect the immune system, inflammation, and infection.
  • Describe nursing interventions to enhance the therapeutic effects and decrease adverse effects for drugs that affect the immune system, inflammation, and infection.
  • Describe appropriate educational information—for patients and families—on drugs that affect the immune system, the inflammatory response, and antimicrobial drugs.

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