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Introduction to Pharmacology & Pathophysiology
Introduces connections between pathophysiology of selected disease processes, associated pharmacological treatments and nursing responsibilities.
Intended Outcomes for the Course
- Use knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pathophysiology to identify nursing implications associated with administration of medications from select drug classifications.
- Relate the pathophysiology of select disorders to the actions and nursing implications associated with caring for patients receiving medications for those disorders.
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of drug therapy, focusing on interpretation of nursing assessments to detect therapeutic effects, side effects and adverse reactions, and drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-natural product interactions for specific classes of drugs.
- Use knowledge of select drug classifications, uses, general drug actions, adverse reactions, contraindications, precautions and interactions to outline a patient plan of care.
- Teach patients and family members regarding safe and effective use of drugs.
Course Activities and Design
- Class discussions
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions that require integration, application, and critical examination of material covered in class
- Written assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking related to clinical decision-making and pharmacology.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Pharmacology Principles and Safe Administration of Medications
- Medications Affecting the Endocrine System
- Pathophysiology of diabetes
- Anti-diabetic medications
- Pathophysiology of thyroid disease
- Anti-thyroid medications & thyroid preparations
- Medications Affecting the Respiratory System
- Mucolytics & antitussives
- Antihistamines & decongestants
- Medications Affecting the Cardiovascular System
- Cardiac glycosides
- Medications affecting the Gastrointestinal system