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NRSG 106 - Pharmacology for Nursing


PREREQUISITES: Admission to a nursing program
PROGRAM: Nursing
CREDIT HOURS MIN: 3
LECTURE HOURS MIN: 3
DATE OF LAST REVISION: Fall, 2020

Examines principles of pharmacotherapeutic, pharmacodynamic, and pharmacokinetic properties of commonly prescribed drugs in each of the major drug classifications. Applies the nursing process to pharmacologic aspects of patient care. Examines national standards for safety in pharmacologic therapy. Presents dosage calculations.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be expected to:

  1. Compare and contrast the roles of the licensed practical nurse and the registered nurse in managing the pharmacologic aspects of patient care including professional responsibility and accountability when administering pharmacologic agents. (SLO 1 & 7)
  2. Discuss legal and ethical implications of administering pharmaceutical agents to patients. (SLO 1 & 7)
  3. Identify processes used to understand causes of error and prevention of error in drug administration. (SLO 1 & 6)
  4. Describe the pharmacotherapeutic properties and pharmacokinetics of prototype drugs for each of the major drug classifications, including routes of administration, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. (SLO 2 & 4)
  5. Describe the pharmacodynamics of prototype drugs for each of the major drug classifications, including action, adverse effects, and interactions.(SLO 2 & 4)
  6. Apply the nursing process to individual care of the patient receiving pharmacologic agents. (SLO 2 & 4)
  7. Demonstrate ability to calculate and identify safe, appropriate medication dosages. (SLO 1, 2 & 4)
  8. Identify appropriate resources for current pharmacologic information. (SLO 5)
  9. Describe current best practice standards related to pharmacologic therapy. (SLO 4 & 7)
  10. Identify unique needs of individual patients based on culture, ethnicity, gender, and age with regard to medication administration. (SLO 6)
  11. Identify data storage and documentation requirements related to medication administration. (SLO 7)


COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -  

  • Basic pharmacologic concepts
  • Laws pertaining to pharmaceuticals
  • Application of the nursing process to pharmacologic therapy
  • Factors influencing pharmacologic therapy, including physiologic functioning, age, culture, and race.
  • Professional responsibility and accountability for medication administration: role of the LPN and RN
  • Patient safety
  • Nurse safety
  • Documentation
  • Dosage calculation
  • Analyzing safety and appropriateness of medication orders
  • Introduction to common pharmacologic properties of major drug classifications
  • Patient teaching related to pharmacologic therapy
  • Drugs acting on: cellular regulation, urinary elimination, gastrointestinal disorders, metabolism, fluids, electrolytes and acid base balance, tissue integrity, mobility, sensory perception, intracranial regulation, reproduction, perfusion, airway maintenance
  • ELIGIBILITY TO TAKE THE NURSE AIDE COMPETENCY EVALUATION (CNA) OR
  • MEDICATION AIDE (QMA) FINAL EXAMINATION

Ivy Tech Community College administers Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation and Medication Aide Final Examination for qualified candidates in compliance with Indiana State Department of Health regulations.

If you are currently enrolled in the nursing program and have successfully completed NRSG 100 - Fundamentals of Nursing  and NRSG 115 - Nursing Lab  with a “C”, you may be eligible for the CNA evaluation. Students currently enrolled in the nursing program and have successfully completed NRSG 106 Pharmacology for Nursing with a “C” or higher may be eligible to take the QMA final examination.

If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact Ivy Tech Community College at (317) 917-5948 or cna_qma_testing@lists.ivytech.edu or visit the following websites for additional information: http://www.ivytech.edu/cna/ or http://www.ivytech.edu/qma/

 
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