NURS 240 - Pharm
Prerequisite (Enforced): BIOLCHEM 212 and NURS 194 and 196 and 210 and 211 and 232 and 233 and 234 and 236 and 245
Pharmacology Foundations of Nursing Practice --- 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.