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NSG202 Nursing Pharmacology Concepts

Lead Faculty: Dr. Mary McHugh

Course Description

Students will learn basic pharmacological concepts related to pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. The course is organized using major drug classifications, and prototypes to illustrate drug actions, side effects, contraindications, precautions and nursing implications. The nursing process is introduced in the context of drug therapy. Other special considerations will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and apply key concepts used in the study of pharmacology.
  • Discuss major drug classifications in relation to their actions, uses, side effects, contrindications and precautions.
  • Utilize the nursing process to appropriately apply concepts related to medication administration including nursing implications and calculation of medication dosages.
  • Identify the principles involved and describe methods of drug administration and IV therapy.
  • Compare and contrast gender, racial and cultural differences in response to medication administration, action and response.
  • Discuss special considerations in drug therapy including OTCandapos;s and herbal remedies.
  • Discuss the role of professional nursing in emergency preparedness, including bio-terrorism.