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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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NU 2820 - Pharmacology II

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course is the second in a two-part series on the effects of drugs on physiological systems. The course focus is on critical thinking in the application of pharmacological knowledge to nursing practice. Students identify nursing implications necessary to administer medications and monitor the pharmacological response of medication to clients across the life span. Students demonstrate and apply medication administration principles in lab and simulation activities. Drugs affecting the respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, central nervous system, women’s and men’s health, bone and joint disorders, and antimicrobials are discussed. (prereq: NU 2810 ) (coreq: NU 2520 , NU 391 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify mechanisms of action, therapeutic indications, and expected responses of antimicrobial drugs, drugs that affect the respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems, and drugs affecting men and women’s health (Level 2, Nursing Care)
  • Use core drug knowledge and critical thinking in conjunction with the nursing process to demonstrate safe administration of medications and methods to evaluate effectiveness of drug therapy within laboratory setting (Level 2, Critical Thinking)
  • Apply the nursing process to medication management including demonstration of safe medication administration and evaluation of client responses to pharmacological interventions within simulated medication administration scenarios (Level 2, Nursing Care and Critical Thinking)
  • Use effective communication skills and knowledge of adverse effects profile to monitor drug safety and educate clients about antimicrobial drugs, drugs that affect the respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems, and drugs affecting men and women’s health (Level 2, Communication)    
  • Accept personal responsibility and participate in own development toward the role of the professional nurse through acts of integrity, mutual respect, and actively seeking out opportunities to learn (Level 2, Professional Role)
  • Use current and reliable sources to maintain and update one’s knowledge of drugs over the course of a nursing career (Level 2, Evidence-Based Practice)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Chemotherapy of infectious agents
  • Gastrointestinal tract drugs
  • Endocrine drugs
  • Diabetes management drugs
  • Neurodegenerative drugs
  • Anesthetic and pain management
  • Neurologic drugs
  • Drug abuse treatment drugs
  • Psychiatric drugs
  • Respiratory tracts drugs
  • Bone and joint disorder drugs
  • Women’s health drugs
  • Men’s health drugs

Laboratory Topics
  • Oral medication administration
  • Injectable and transdermal medication administration
  • Eye and ear medication administration
  • Individual student practice of medication administration
  • Blood sugar monitoring and insulin administration
  • Pain management and nursing process
  • Anticoagulant therapy management
  • Metered dose inhaler and respiratory management

Dr. Havilah Normington

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