PHARM Foundations of Nursing Practice

Course Number: NURS 240
Credit(s): 4
Prerequisite(s): BIOCHEM 212, NURS 122, NURS 152, NURS 210, NURS 230, NURS 254 and NURS 256 (concurrent)

The purpose of this course is to examine pharmacological concepts relevant to the scope of practice for an entry-level generalist professional nurse. The nursing process and general principles of pharmacotherapeutics are the conceptual framework of this course built on the biological, physiological, pathological and social 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, research and evidence-based practice, use of technology, effective and therapeutic communication techniques, patient and family caregiver education, collaborative practice, health promotion and risk reduction, diversity, ethical and legal issues, professional nursing responsibility and accountability are threaded throughout the course. Student's enactment of professional nursing values ("good habit formation") is a fundamental component of the outcome of this course.