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NURS 240 - Pharmacology Foundations of Nursing Practice

Prerequisite: Biochemistry, NURS 122, NURS 152, NURS 210, NURS 230, NURS 254, concurrently enrolled in NURS 256

Credits: 4

The purpose of this course is to examine pharmacological concepts relevant to the scope of practice for an entry-level generalist professional nurse. General principles of pharmacotherapeutics, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are the conceptual framework of this course, built on the biological and physiological sciences. Emphasis is on knowing the different prototypes or classifications of pharmacologic agents used to prevent and treat common diseases and injuries across the life-span and health care settings. Current and investigational drugs, alternative medicine, genetics, genomics and economic implications are explored. Concepts related to clinical reasoning and judgment, patient safety and quality use of technology, effective and therapeutic communication techniques, patient and family caregiver education, diversity, ethical and legal issues, professional nursing responsibility and accountability are threaded throughout the course. Students' enactment of professional nursing values related to pharmacology is a fundamental component of the outcome of this course.

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